The Lord gives laws regarding Nazirites. Any man or woman who wants to consecrate themselves to the Lord can become a Nazirite. This is voluntary and for a specific period of time. There are three people in the Bible who will be separated to the Lord by their parents at birth: Samuel, Samson, and John the Baptist. Nazirites have to follow certain rules, including not cutting their hair. This rule will be significant in the life of Samson. We will read about Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist as the story continues to unfold.
Before the Israelites set out for their wilderness journeys, the priests say a beautiful blessing over the children of Israel – “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.”
“Israel left Sinai just less than a year after arriving there… From this point forward, Numbers spans just under forty years” (Note from the OYCB).
God establishes a system using trumpets “for calling the congregation and for directing the movement of the camp,” for sounding an alarm during time of war, and for a memorial during the appointed feasts. The trumpets are 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. So they started out for the first time according to the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses… So they departed from the mountain of the Lord on a journey of three days; and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them for the three days’ journey, to search out a resting place for them. And the cloud of the Lord was above them by day when they went out from the camp.”
The children of Israel set out in an orderly manner as God instructed and marched forward to take the promised land. However, tomorrow the people will complain again, Miriam and Aaron will challenge Moses, and there will be an epic fail with ten of the twelve spies who will spy out the promised land. Keep reading. (Numbers 6:1-27, Numbers 10:1-36)