Any man or woman who wanted to consecrate themselves to the Lord could become a Nazarite. This was voluntary and for a specific period of time. There are three people in the Bible who were separated to the Lord by their parents at birth: Samuel, Samson, and John the Baptist. Nazarites had to follow certain rules. One rule was that they could not cut their hair. This is a big deal in the life of Samson but we will read about Samson, Samuel and John the Baptist down the road.
Next the priests gave a beautiful blessing over the children of Israel before they traveled. God created a system using trumpets “for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camp”. So the trumpets were blown and the children of Israel “set out from the Wilderness of Sinai on their journeys; then the cloud settled down in the wilderness of Paran”. The Lord guided His people on the three day journey. “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” (Psalm 37:23-24)
Tomorrow we will see how grateful the people are for the Lord. Well…not really. It’s actually going to be the opposite. The people will complain again, Miriam and Aaron go against Moses, and there is an epic fail with 10 of the 12 spies. Keep reading.
(Numbers 6:1-27, Numbers 10:1-36)