Numbers 6:2-4, “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: 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. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.”
This passage of Scripture talks about the vow of a Nazarite. They were to separate themselves unto the Lord. Notice that it doesn’t say that they are to separate from the world. They were to separate unto the Lord.
The Nazarites were not to drink any strong drink. That is one of the things that they were not to do. In order to keep from drinking that, they Bible goes as far as saying they shouldn’t eat anything that even comes from the vine. Do we go that far in our life?
Many Christians want to get close to things without actually doing it. If this stove is hot, they want to be an inch away from the stove instead of as far away as possible. There’s a story of a king that is looking for a new chariot driver. The first candidate drives the chariot on a cliff and drives it along the cliff a foot from the edge. The second candidate drives the chariot 6 inches from the edge. The final candidate drives the chariot up against the mountain side many yards from the edge. Which one do you think the king picked? He picked the one that was by the side of the mountain. He didn’t want to take any risks.
When you are on the edge, one small slip causes you to stumble. How are we doing in our separation? Could we be living more separated? Are we living too close to the world that one slip could really hurt us? Let’s live as separated as we can. Let’s not just think about what we are separating from. Let’s think about WHO we are separating to. That’s what it’s all about.