Thursday, February 19 2009
There are many things within the scripture that we often overlook or pass off as "not for us today", but it is to our advantage to understand the details of the Word. It was David that wrote....
105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
In studying today, I came across a scripture that I found interesting. It does not change the doctrine, but it gives us insight into the Apostle Paul. The scripture is...
18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.
Why did Paul shave his head? We do not shave our heads as a religious practice as 21st Century Christians. Why would Paul do something so dramatic for just making a vow? We can come to some understanding through his writings to the Corinthians..
1 Corinthians 9
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
Paul was a Jews that became Christian. He did not leave the culture for which he was raised, but maintained many of the practices of Judaism including the Nazarite vow for which he practiced in Acts 18:18 and can be found in Numbers chapter 6.
It is essential as 21st Century Christians to be careful making vows unto God. Although, we may not practice the Nazarite vows, we often make vows to God. In making those vows, please be reminded of...
21 When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.