In the Mosaic Covenant any Israelite of any tribe or sex [not only a priest or Levite] can volunteer to serve God.
In the New Covenant: We are all called to become the priests of God.
The Law of the Nazarite
Numbers 6:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:
They shall avoid eating any grapes of the vine or anything made from those grapes. Drinking a little alcohol is not sin; however in the Set Apart condition of the Nazarite, it is representative of false human pride in themselves which is the leaven of sin.
In scripture; Sanctified Wine, is poured out with the sacrifice or drunk with a sacrificial meal is symbolic f death; since the life is in the blood. The sanctified wine offering is symbolic of the death of Christ for the SINS of the world.
Otherwise alcohol is symbolic of the pride and false teachings of our own imagination which is a root cause of sin and death; and pride comes forth from the sin of doing our own ways and not being zealous to live by every Word of God. Today most of the Ekklesia is intoxicated with pride as this prophecy of Isaiah proclaims. They are full of their own ways and have no zeal to keep the ways of God.
Isaiah 29:9 Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. 29:10 For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. 29:11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: 29:12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.
Here is the sin of the corporate Ekklesia
29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
Wine is also equated with a loss of a sound mind, and good judgment; and with the deception of false teachings and false religion. Today we are filled with an unsound mind by being intoxicated with pride and our own false traditions. We are in rebellion against any zeal to learn and live by the whole Word of God in any meaningful practical manner.
Jeremiah 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.
51:7 Babylon hath been a golden cup in the Lord’s hand, that made all the earth drunken: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.
51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.
Numbers 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 [juice] of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. 6:4 All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.
NOTHING that pertains to wine or its sources may be consumed. God’s Word is to be our desire and not the intoxicating false imaginations and pride of our own ways of men.
No hair of the head shall be cut, symbolizing the Nazarite as a part of the bride of Christ, and submission to the authority of Christ and the whole Word of God. The Nazarites hair is a symbol of voluntary consecration to God and is therefore holy to God. It is to be cut at the end of the period of consecration and burned as holy upon the altar, the smoke ascending up to God as a pleasant perfume to be accepted by Him.
6:5 All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
The Nazarite shall touch no dead body, because he must be HOLY and pure from all defilement of death, which is the wages of sin. For the Nazarite is consecrated [Set Apart] to holiness
6:6 All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body. 6:7 He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.
6:8 All the days of his separation he is holy unto the LORD.
If the Nazarite is accidently defiled by a dead person
6:9 And if any man die very suddenly by him, and he hath defiled the head of his consecration; then he shall shave his head in the day of his cleansing, on the seventh day shall he shave it.
6:10 And on the eighth day [an eighth day is always a new beginning] he shall bring two turtles [turtle doves], or two young pigeons, to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: 6:11 And the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, and make an atonement for him, for that he sinned by the dead, and shall hallow his head that same day.
The Nazarite who was accidentally defiled must begin his days of Set Apartness anew, after being cleansed of the defilement
6:12 And he shall consecrate unto the LORD the days of his separation, and shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering: but the days that were before shall be lost, because his separation was defiled.
The offering to conclude the period of service
6:13 And this is the law of the Nazarite, when the days of his separation are fulfilled: he shall be brought unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: 6:14 And he shall offer his offering unto the LORD, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering [symbolic of meek voluntary wholehearted zealous service], and one ewe lamb of the first year [from one month to a full year old, that is the sacrifice must be within the first year of life] without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings, 6:15 And a basket of unleavened bread, cakes of fine flour mingled with oil [the unleavened bread mingled with oil pertains to having the Holy Spirit and internalizing the unleavened (sinless) Bread of Life], and wafers of unleavened bread anointed with oil, [the unleavened bread anointed with oil is to show the anointing (Set Apartness) with the Holy Spirit for service to God] and their meat offering, and their drink offerings.
This was a very expensive offering and it was usual for sponsors and contributors to assist the Nazarite in his dedicated service to God and in these offerings.
6:16 And the priest shall bring them before the LORD, and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering: 6:17 And he shall offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings unto the LORD, with the basket of unleavened bread: the priest shall offer also his meat offering, and his drink offering.
At this point the hair of separation is to be shaved and burned in the fire of the Peace Offering. The Peace Offering representing the faithful zealous whole hearted voluntary service of the Nazarite being at peace with and in complete unity with God, the smoke of the burning hair rising up as representing the voluntary service as wonderful and acceptable pleasant thing to God.
6:18 And the Nazarite shall shave the head of his separation at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall take the hair of the head of his separation, and put it in the fire which is under the sacrifice of the peace offerings.
6:19 And the priest shall take the sodden shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon the hands of the Nazarite, after the hair of his separation is shaven:
After placing these pieces in the hands of the Nazarite and then lifting them up to be accepted by God as a representation of the Nazarites service; and the service and Holy Set Apartness of the Nazarite as accepted and the vow ended.
6:20 And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: this is holy for the priest, with the wave breast and heave shoulder: and after that the Nazarite may drink wine.
No specific time span is commanded for a Nazarite vow, the period of commitment being left to the volunteer.
Besides the sacrifices, the Nazarite must also pay any commitments that he had made as a part of his vow.
In several cases God has commanded that a certain person be a special Nazarite from birth.
6:21 This is the law of the Nazarite who hath vowed, and of his offering unto the LORD for his separation, beside that that his hand shall get: according to the vow which he vowed, so he must do after the law of his separation.
6:22 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6:23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,
Christ teaches the priests how to bless the brethren, [and this blessing comes ONLY through diligent zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God!]
6:24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 6:25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 6:26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
In the spiritual sense, placing the name of God on the people, does not refer to the verbal name by which people are called,
It refers to teaching the people to become like God, to become holy as God is holy; and then the people shall be at one with God in his holiness, and shall be brought into the family of God, and given the family name of God!
6:27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel, and I will bless them
EVERYTHING in the scriptures was written for the instruction of those called into the New Covenant.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Brethren, the whole of scripture was written for us today and all mankind. The whole of scripture was for our instruction or for our example, not just the New Testament. That includes the example of the Nazarite vow!
The Nazarite was set apart from all sin; set apart unto holiness and unto God!
Brethren, the spiritually called out to the New Covenant of Jer 31:31 are to be separated from sin through the power of the Holy Spirit of God.
They are called out to be set apart from sin and death; called out to be set apart unto holiness and godliness through sincere repentance, a baptismal commitment to “Go and sin no more,” and the removal of sin and spiritual death by the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God Jesus Christ and the empowerment of Christ living in them by the agency of the Holy Spirit.
As the Nazarite was dedicated to God; the spiritually called out are to be dedicated to serve God!
As the Nazarite was separated from sin and the symbolic wages of sin; the spiritually called out are to be separated from all sin and the wages of sin which is spiritual death!
As the Nazarite was set apart unto holiness and purity from even association with sin and death, the called out are set apart unto holiness and purity from even the appearance of sin!
1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
The Mosaic Covenant was a marriage covenant between God and the nation of Israel.
That covenant contained a priesthood to fulfill ecclesiastical duties and act as intercessors between the Husband and the wife; God and physical Israel. The priesthood together with the Levites were of only one tribe by God’s direction, which means that everyone else was left out of any deep personal relationship with God having to go through the priesthood.
Many have sought to replicate this Mosaic Covenant situation by setting themselves up between the brethren and God and have then fallen into the error of leading the people to follow themselves instead of following the whole Word of God; as much of the priesthood of Mosaic Israel did over their history, when they led people astray after themselves and their idols, instead of focusing the people on obedience to God’s Word.
Today many elders have become infatuated with their supposed authority and instead of leading people to obey God they led men astray to obey themselves instead. They reasoned that God had placed them in authority over God’s people and that they should be obeyed as God in the absence of Christ; and reasoned that they had the right to make decisions and to bind and loose the Word of God at their own pleasure.
Of course the Mosaic priesthood ended with the end of the Mosaic Covenant and the New Covenant officially began when Jesus Christ was accepted by God the Father as our Wave Offering and the High Priest of the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31. ALL those called into the New Covenant are called to the High Priest of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ. Yes there are offices in the New Covenant assembly, but only those who have proved themselves to be full of God’s spirit and absolutely faithful to the whole Word of God; to learn it, to keep it and to teach it, strongly rebuking all sin; are to be followed by the brethren.
The abominable heresy generally known as the “Primacy of Peter” is so widely believed by the ministry and brethren today [even if not by that term] that large groups of brethren idolize men even today.
Brethren, we are to prove all things by the Word of God and to follow men ONLY as they follow God. If we follow any man contrary to the whole Word of God; we have turned away from the Eternal to make gods of men and to follow them!
Deuteronomy 28:14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Many men make themselves into the idols [false gods] of many and use the name of Christ to focus the brethren on themselves or their false traditions or church organization, as it is written to the disciples.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I [Jesus is] am Christ; and shall deceive many.