The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the Lord as a Nazirite, 3 they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. 4 As long as they remain under their Nazirite vow, they must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins.’
Numbers 6 IN FOCUS
The true essence of our walk to heaven is found in our total worship, in truth and in spirit! Jesus said, God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. Abstinence and dedication are great tools for pleasing the Sovereign Lord. Abstain from something and dedicate something to God; vow to yourself never to be defiled by something and see how closer and closer you shall get to your Father who is in heaven above.
Dedicate your body to God: mind your tongue and don’t just speak anything at all, mind your eyes and don’t just watch anything at all, guard your ears do not just listen to anything! Let it be like Job who said,“I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a young woman.” Clean your heart, and let it be free for God only! Dedicate your business to God! Dedicate your steps to God! Dedicate something to God and abstain from something! Remember Joseph!
That Which Defiles ( MATTHEW 15)
Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’a and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’b 5But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8“ ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’c ”
12Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
15Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”
16“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”
Apostle Paul wrote,
Dear friends, my greatest wish and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. 2 I know they love God, but they don’t understand 3 what makes people acceptable to him. So they refuse to trust God, and they try to be acceptable by obeying the Law. 4 But Christ makes the Law no longer necessary[a] for those who become acceptable to God by faith.
Anyone Can Be Saved
5 Moses said that a person could become acceptable to God by obeying the Law. He did this when he wrote, “If you want to live, you must do all that the Law commands.”
6 But people whose faith makes them acceptable to God will never ask, “Who will go up to heaven to bring Christ down?” 7 Neither will they ask, “Who will go down into the world of the dead to raise him to life?”
8 All who are acceptable because of their faith simply say, “The message is as near as your mouth or your heart.” And this is the same message we preach about faith. 9 So you will be saved, if you honestly say, “Jesus is Lord,” and if you believe with all your heart that God raised him from death. 10 God will accept you and save you, if you truly believe this and tell it to others.
11 The Scriptures say that no one who has faith will be disappointed, 12 no matter if that person is a Jew or a Gentile. There is only one Lord, and he is generous to everyone who asks for his help. 13 All who call out to the Lord will be saved.’ Romans 10
His grace is there for everyone, but we must not defile ourselves because of grace! We must abstain from something so as to see His anointing, glory, utmost grace and power in our lives! Paul said, ‘What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? 2By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? 3Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. – Romans 6
Sebastien Besnault, 1736
The ancient law departs,
And all its terrors cease;
For Jesus makes with faithful hearts
A covenant of peace.
The light of light divine,
True brightness undefiled,
He bears for us the shame of sin,
A holy, spotless child.
His infant body now
Begins our pains to feel;
Those precious drops of blood that flow
For death the victim seal.