Was Jesus a Nazarite, like Samson and John the Baptist?Posted by chittompogue on Apr 12, 2012 in Bible Answers | 0 comments
Thanks for the question Brandon. The Nazarite was commitment made by man in the days before Jesus. It was a commitment to be “separated to God”. Basically, when one took the vow of a Nazarite, they were making a vow to be “set apart” from the world, to be holy and Acceptable unto God. The Nazarite had specific rules that he/she must follow, such as not cutting their hair, not touching dead things, and not drinking wine (the full vow can be found in Numbers 6:1-21). A man or woman can elect to be a Nazarite, or their parents can make the vow for them when they are born (Note Samson in Judges 13:7&17). Either way, being a Nazarite was a man’s way of trying to be as close to God as possible.
However, Jesus couldn’t get any closer to God. He is God. He didn’t have to have those principles to live by because He had no sin to begin with. Numbers 6:6 says that a Nazarite was to “come at no dead body” meaning they couldn’t even approach it. We see Jesus approaching the dead to make them live again (Luke 7:14, 8:53, & John 11:39).
Jesus was a Nazarene meaning that He was from the city of Nazareth, but He was not a Nazarite. Though the two words sound alike, they have completely different meanings. Jesus was as in touch with God as one could be, simply because no sin separated them. We don’t see Jesus making sacrifices as the Nazarites were required to because Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice.
In essence, Jesus’ death put a stop to the need of being a Nazarite. Again, they did those things that were required so that they could be separated unto God. Now, to be separated to God, we are to believe in Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Now we are to still make our lives be separated unto God. We are still to live separate from the world and it’s evil ways. We are to do that because of our desire to serve God. Romans 12:1-3 tells us to present our bodies as a Living Sacrifice that is holy and acceptable unto God. It is our “reasonable service” to do so. We don’t have to worry about being unclean because of touching a dead body. The blood of Jesus is what made us clean. The blood of Jesus is what separates us from the world and sanctifies us. Never forget that the people of the Old Testament were under the law with specific rules. We are under Grace, and that Grace is sufficient to cleanse all our sins (1 John 1:9) and to bridge the gap between us and God.
1 John 4:15 tells us that “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. How amazing is that closeness we can have with God when He is living inside of us.
We pray that this has answered your question and furthered your study in the Word of God. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask.