The Nazarites were told to abstain from “vinegar.” Num.6:3 “He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.”
note: grape juice (if kept overly long) or “moist grapes” are things that might ferment and produce intoxication – the “moist grapes,” not eaten immediately, will produce fermentation. “liquor of grapes,” a concentrated grape juice, is of a syrupy nature – high in sugar, and was a method used to “keep” grape juice all year round. Yet, apparently, even something could go wrong with this type of storage, possibly turning it into intoxicating “liquor.”
“Vinegar” is soured wine – while on its way to becoming alcoholic wine, it didn’t quite make.* Thus intoxicating grape juice and/or vinegar are symbolic of “sin” – just as “leaven” or “yeast” is a symbol of sin, because yeast is a type of mold and/or fungus, whose waste product produces gas, thereby causing expansion throughout the whole dough mass.* This is the reason that the Israelite children were told not to have any “leaven” in their homes, as they got ready to leave Egypt, after The Passover. This was a reminder that their continued existence was dependent upon expunging sin from all areas of their life.
Jesus refused to drink “vinegar,” and/or “wine mingled with myrrh” until His vow to the Father and mankind was at an end. (Matt.27:34; Mark 15:23). Just right before “giving up the ghost” in John 19:28-30, Jesus “received the vinegar.” Thus representing that He drank the bitter “cup,” presented to Him by the Father, down to the last dregs (Matt.26:39). After Jesus “received” the vinegar, it was not in His system a long time, before He “commended” His “Spirit” to His Father.
Therefore, there was not enough time to do any damage, to cloud His mind, or even to numb His senses. Up until this time, Jesus had never indulged in intoxicating drinks of any kind – for they not only represent “sin” in the world, but Proverbs 31:4-7 warns that “kings and princes” are never to drink “wine” or “strong drink,” because it will “pervert the judgment.” It is the poor of the nations who drink to “forget his poverty,” the “heavy hearts” to ease their troubles, or for those who are “ready to perish.” For just as vinegar and/or wine pollutes and sours the entire body, sin when it has accomplished its work upon the soul, brings forth the death of its victim.
HOWEVER, the action of “receiving the vinegar” was to be an indication Jesus had fully taken the sins of the entire world upon Him, and now was ready to submit His Spirit into the Father’s hands, to judge whether or not His sacrifice was acceptable (Gen.27:
Please note: in Luke 23:36 “…the soldiers also mocked him, coming to Him, and offering him vinegar.” Why was it “mocking” Jesus to offer Him “vinegar”? This would have been an insult, only if the soldiers had indeed recognized that Jesus was a “Nazarite,” then “mocked” His vows, by offering the thing that He vowed to God that He would not do – to drink anything that came from “the fruit of the vine” (Num.6:4). Little did the soldiers know that Jesus had begun the consummation of His vows by the drinking of fresh grape juice, at the Last Supper.
The biggest clue would have been long hair and beard – a clear indication that a young Jewish man had taken the Nazarite vow. Are these the same soldiers that took part in pulling out Jesus’ beard? (the “hair” upon His “cheek” – Isa.50:6); or were these the soldiers that had “sheared” off the hair of Jesus’ as a “Sheep before her shearers”? (Isa.53:7). The pulling out of beard and hair, would have been a part of this “mocking” (see Num.6:18 – also compare Judges 16:17, when Samson (aNazarite) told Delilah, “if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man”).
The Nazarite represents One individual, Jesus Christ. The Rechabites are symbolic of the 144,000 who follow in Jesus’ footsteps, drinking no “wine”/alcoholic drink – Jeremiah 35. Jesus was the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. All that was written, was about Him – “if we believe not Moses nor the prophets, we will not believe in Jesus or all He fulfilled – for the scriptures testify of Him” (my paraphrase of Luke 16:32 and 24:27)
Jesus did not drink alcoholic beverages. Jesus made non-alcoholic wine at the wedding in Cana – at the beginning of His ministry. We do not read of Jesus ever drinking even non-alcoholic wine, until the Last Supper, at the close of His ministry (Mark 14:23-25). The Nazarite was allowed to begin drinking grape juice/wine at the end of his vow. The Nazarite would also make an offering of his hair, as symbolic of a total (complete) sacrifice of himself (Numbers 6). Jesus’ vow was sealed at the Last Supper. And before going to the cross, His beard was plucked, and His hair was sheared as was the “lamb before her shearers.”
THEN, At the cross He made a FULL sacrifice of Himself (Numbers 6:13, 18). All those who took the Nazarite vow were pointing to Jesus. Just like all the lambs that were sacrificed pointed to Jesus, our Lamb and sacrifice for us – He is “The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Rev.13:8). Just as Adam pointed to the “last Adam” (1 Corin.15:47-49). Just as the Jewish Nation is symbolic of God’s Son: “Israel is My son, even My firstborn” — “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt” – just as Jesus was “called out of Egypt” (Ex.4:22; Hosea 11:1).
You can go through the entire Old Testament and see all the symbols pointing to and describing God’s Son – so why would the Nazarite be any different? Jesus is THE Son, THE Lamb, THE last Adam, so then Jesus also is THE Nazarite – don’t you think?
God uses no “idle” words. God speaks through His Bible.
SINCE, those two statements are true, THEN we are to take “every word of God” (Matt.4:4) seriously (2 Tim.3:15-17; 2 Pet.1:19-21). In applying this technique to Matthew 2:23, we must wonder why it is that Jesus is called “a Nazarene” – was it only because “He came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth?” Could it be that Jesus, at some point in His life, took the “Nazarite” vow?
As a boy, growing up in a town called “Nazareth,” He certainly would have wondered why His Father placed Him in this place. We know that it was a failed town, because of Nathaniel’s words in John 1:47 – “Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” Jesus called Nathaniel, “a man without guile” – a reference to His life – Christ’s life.
Why was Nazareth so vilified? The clue is in the name. Obviously, this at one time was a town known for quality Nazarites dwelling there. Perhaps it was a town where Nazarites gathered together for support, only to end up actually putting down roots in this “quant” mountainous region of seclusion and inspiration.
There are places on Earth that have a certain “feel” to them, and become natural places of spiritual retreats. NEVERTHELESS, this famous town ended up infamous. Why is that? Most likely, the Nazarites all had good intentions, at one time. Could it be that the devil thought to put a stop to that – thus ruining the “spiritual vibe” inherent in this special region.
Over time, the Nazarites may have dishonored their titles, breaking their vows in untimely ways – or just not taking their vow seriously. Once great light has been given, and at some point rejected – then great darkness settles down upon the people and the land (Matt.4:16). This would be especially true of those who were honored at one time to represent the Great King of Heaven. Lamentations 4:7 gives a beautiful description of “Nazarites” that keep their vow, but something goes terribly wrong and these same people find themselves grouped in among cannibals. Did “the Nazarites” plunge so deep into sin that they too were guilty of this sin?
“Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk, they were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was of sapphire.”
Jesus was placed in that failed town of Nazareth, as a testament. That we can grow wherever God has planted us. Environment, misfortune, ruin and degradation – all can be overcome! Jesus brought once more, great light to that special secluded mountaintop village. Once again the hills reverberated with Psalms of joy, peace, restoration, hope, truth and love, through the voice of One Who creates – Who can and has re-formed the clay. It was Jesus Who brought spirit and life back into those darkened surroundings (Isa.9:2-3).+
The villagers all benefited from His presence there, when Jesus a boy and young man worked as carpenter side by side with His adopted father, Joseph. Many a times, the neighbors were blessed by His sweet lilting voice that, even the birds hushed to hear Him sing. Heavy burdens were lifted off bent backs, as spirits soared, catching in the distance, His melodious tunes wafting through the air, as a cooling breeze upon a sweltering summer day.
Did Jesus then think of the strong-man Samson (that misguided Nazarite) redeeming Israel at the last, by the pulling down of the two pillars he was tied to; and who willingly ending his life for the redemption of his people, Israel?
Did Jesus ever think that He would one day hang between “two pillars” as He contemplated eternity, suffering the wrath of God as a sinner, and the giving of His life for the redemption of His people Israel – just as did the strong-man Samson? (Judges 16:23-31).
The “two pillars” were then as 2 crosses, symbols of the unrepentant Jewish Nation on one side, and the repentant Jewish Woman Church on the other – of which both represent 2 pillars of God’s Church.
OR, did Jesus think of that faithful prophet and high priest Samuel, a Nazarite, ruling as the representative of the Heavenly King and God upon His throne? And How that ancient race rejected Him [God’s pre-incarnate Son] as King and opted for an earthly substitute, the Old Testament Saul, of the Benjamin tribe. Was Jesus now going to be in that position (He thought) as a Prophet Who came in His Father’s name, but rejected as King? After all, Jesus was just a boy, in a town called “Nazareth”-was that important, He thought? (1Samuel 8:4-7)
The proper noun “Nazarite” comes from the Hebrew word “nazir” meaning “consecrated” or “separated.” Did Jesus know that He was the Lamb “separated” from the fold to be “consecrated” for sacrifice? YES – Jesus’ Spirit was awakened, at the age of 12 (the age of manhood*) when He witnessed His first “Passover” lamb sacrificed. As the lamb lay upon the altar, the high priest took a sharp knife, quickly slitting the innocent victims throat, and catching the copious flow of blood into a large bowl. It was then that Jesus saw the high priest as he disappeared into the holy place, to sprinkle this offering of blood upon the furniture, as an offering of redemption for the people.
Jesus did clearly see that He was that “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” an offering of substitution for man – for though He was 12 (a man now), He stated to His guardians Mary and Joseph, “I must be about My Father’s business”! Yet still His young mind only comprehended that one day He too would lay upon the altar of sacrifice, as His throat would be slit with a sharp knife. Who could blame Jesus for thinking that this type of death would be His lot? Even that of a mature mind would most likely think the same. Regardless, with just this type of death Jesus had envisioned for Himself… It still sent chills down His young spine! Little did He grasp the true horror of it all! (Exodus 12:1-8).
Jesus was also fond of calling Himself “Son of man.” Where did Jesus get this title? Was it from Ezekiel, who also appeared to have taken the vow of the Nazarite. Ezekiel was the only human (almost) in the Old Testament to have this title “son of man” conferred upon him by God, with the exception of just once to Daniel (in Dan.8:17). And then in Daniel 7:13, only once was the pre-incarnate Christ described as such, in all the Old Testament. Other than that, there were only 13 other nondescript references scattered throughout Psalms, and in Numbers, Job, Isaiah and Jeremiah – none attached with special significance, other than loosely applying to the human race, in general. The rest were in respect to Ezekiel, and you may count 93 places where God personally called Ezekiel, “son of man”! (Which was just about in every chapter). In fact, it would seem an unlikely title for Jesus Christ, as He IS the Son of GOD, and most definitely not as impotent as the FOLLOWING Psalm would indicate:
“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help” (Psalm 146:3).
So, why would Jesus be inclined to call Himself, “Son of man”? It appears that considering Daniel 7:13 is the only actual reference to Him as “the Son of man,” this was not alone the deciding factor – in that, Jesus would apply any biblical reference to the test of Isaiah 28:9-10, whereby we are admonished to lock in Biblical text meaning with “precept upon precept, line upon line.”
SO, WITH THAT IN MIND, Jesus would have most certainly referenced Ezekiel. Did Jesus see Ezekiel, as a Nazarite Who resembled Himself, and wityh respect to the coming siege upon the Jewish Nation in 70 AD?
•”And thou, son of man, take thee a sharp knife, take thee a barber’s razor, and cause it to pass upon thine head and upon thy beard: then take thee balances to weigh, and divide the hair.
•Thou shalt burn with fire a third part in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled: and thou shalt take a third part, and smite about it with a knife: and a third part thou shalt scatter in the wind; and I will draw out a sword after them.
•Thou shalt also take thereof a few in number, and bind them in thy skirts. Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.
•Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her. And she hath changed my judgments into wickedness more than the nations, and my statutes more than the countries that are round about her: for they have refused my judgments and my statutes, they have not walked in them.
•Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye multiplied more than the nations that are round about you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my judgments, neither have done according to the judgments of the nations that are round about you;
•Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, am against thee, and will execute judgments in the midst of thee in the sight of the nations” (Ezekiel 5:1-11, read also to v.17 KJV).
Once you understand fully what it means that Adam and Eve were made in God’s Image, and connect the vision of Adam’s form to that of describing God’s Son, before His incarnation – a formidable fiery-red figure (set forth in Ezekiel 1:27) Who led Israel through the long desert; And that Eve’s form represents that of The Father (the blue sapphire pavement of Ezekiel 1:27 & Exodus 24:10), with the long veil or “train” that filled up His throne-room (as Isaiah 6:1 tells us).
Then you may grasp why it is that Jesus wore His hair as that of a train, or bridal veil upon His head. Yet, where is that “rainbow” Nation representing the “bow” of The Holy Spirit, stretched across the figures of Father and Son, described in Ezekiel 1:28 – OR Eve and Adam in their Garden, as that of Jesus in Revelation 10:1?
PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR more info on this Holy Spirit Nation, in a future “Post.”
God’s Son was already revealed in the Old Testament, now it was time for His Father to be revealed. And that part required that He wear the long hair of a Nazarite, as would a woman described by Paul in 1 Corinthians 11. Jesus is pictured as a male “lion of the tribe of Judah” (Rev.5:5;10:3). The male lion always has a thick long mane, as a crown of glory upon his head. So Christ was there as Himself in physical form – just as Adam had been present and had contributed a piece of himself, in order for Eve to be revealed. Adam, as the King of his domain, would have had also, the thick, long mane, as that of the lion. A crown of glory to frame his impressive countenance – more impressive than that stern regal countenance of the male lion, called “king of the jungle.”
Adam had carried within his body the DNA for Woman. His impressive mane was a sign of this characteristic. For he had both the “Y” and “X” chromosomes of the male and female (so Adam was the first Nazarite). Nevertheless, Adam had to be put to sleep in order that Woman could be totally revealed, as her train of locks fully unfurled about her feet, filling the space around her.
Christ was put to sleep, in order for Woman Church to be visualized, as coming from within Christ, Who is the Last Adam (2nd Man-1 Corin 15:47-49); and in order to represent The Father, in the closing hours of the “day,” so that Woman Church would follow in His footsteps exactly, that she may receive “His Father’s name in …[her] forehead,” as her veil fully envelopes her form (Rev,14:1).
Now imagine that the last 6,000 years is as a long day. And that long day is the creation of Adam, then Eve/Woman, “the mother of every father’s family” (Gen.3:20-21). Adam was created first, and called “the son of God” (Luke 3:38). His creation is a representation of God’s Son. Then note that God walks a long time with Adam in the garden, Eden. God shows Adam all the rivers and treasures. He then shows him all the trees, including the forbidden tree, and the tree of life. Adam even gets to name the animals – And 2/3rds of the day is gone, before Adam even notices that he is missing something – an “help-meet.”
The last 1/3rd of the day is spent building Woman, in order that Adam might meet His bride, marry her and discover their “nakedness,” – all before the sun sets in the horizon on another day (Gen.2:7-25). Adam’s sleep, after 2/3rds of the day was gone, marked Jesus’ sleep, after 2/3rds of our history had past (4,031 years hence). It has taken nearly another 1/3rd (2,014 years) of history to pass, as Woman Church nears her completion date – will it really be another 17 years, before Woman finally is ready to meet her husband? And is it JUST Jesus that she must meet, before He comes to tie the proverbial knot?
DOESN’T the Bride’s Father give her away to the Bridegroom? Where is The Father, when Jesus comes for His Pure and Perfect Bride?
AND FINALLY – where is The Holy Spirit represented in all this – shouldn’t there be another Nation out there by now? Then it is hidden – just as The Holy Spirit has been hidden from “plain” view, ever since sin entered the picture. If He is NOT hidden, then why is it we are like Adam and Eve – still wearing just “Lamb” skins to cover our “nakedness”? The 144,000 will have the token evidences of the Holy Spirit – a glow even brighter than that of Moses coming off of Mt. Sinai! A glow that cascades all down, around and about their bodies, unfurled even to the feet, just as Jesus appears on the horizon – to escort His bride back to His Heavenly Garden home.
“the valley of Nazareth is on a mountain overlooking the Jezreel valley – and the mountain of the precipice overlooks the valley of Nazaret and the valley of Jezreel” -See more at: http://www.inisrael.com/news/?p=841#sthash.jwS4gbks.dpuf
for thousands of years, and even in most 3rd world countries today, manhood is considered as reached by the age of 12. Yet, here in the USA we coddle our 12 year old young adults and keep them as children and immature until the age of 21. Thus fully they give us what we want. Most do not disappoint. Even so, any that desire to be independent, is seen as rebellion. Nevertheless, the damage is done.
We have crippled our young adults – though most remain defiant, until they finally leave the nest, and spread their wings to fly. It is not recommended that 12 year olds must leave their home – or that any should leave, even later in life (except for reasons of marriage-Gen.1:23-25). God expects that 12 year olds should begin to take on more responsibilities, make some decisions for themselves, and be given useful employment. With that would be seen as dignity in the young person. In its wake would follow a deeper respect for their elders, as they see the requirements of becoming an adult, THAT THERE IS ALSO WITH THAT the weighty responsibilities in decision making (and the consequences thereof).
Look at this YouTube video on this problem of the tag “teen”: