Judges 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
Judges 13:7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death.
Judges 13:14 She may not eat of any thing that cometh of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing: all that I commanded her let her observe.
There are three men written about in scripture that were declared Nazarites from the time they were conceived in their mother’s womb. One of these men is Sampson whose father’s name is Manoah. However Sampson’s mothers name is not given. The angel given the name of Peli in Hebrew, appeared to Sampson’s mother and told her that she was not to eat any unclean food, nor was she to drink wine or strong drink. Before the visit from the angel, Sampson’s mother was barren.
There is given a complete description of what needs to be done in order to take a Nazarite vow.
Yahweh spoke to Moses and said, ‘Speak to the Israelites and say: If a man or a woman wishes to make a vow, the Nazirite vow, to vow himself to Yahweh, he will abstain from wine and fermented liquor, he will not drink vinegar derived from one or the other, he will not drink grape juice or eat grapes, be they fresh or dried. For the duration of his vow he will eat nothing that comes from the vine, not even juice of unripe grapes or skins of grapes. As long as he is bond by his vow, no razor will touch his head; until the time for which he has vowed himself to Yahweh, he will not go near a corpse, he will not make himself unclean for his father or his mother, or his brother or his sister, should they die, since on his head he carries his vow to his God. Throughout the whole of his vow he is a person consecrated to Yahweh. ~ Numbers 6:1- 8
Sampson’s mother was told not to drink wine or strong drink or eat anything un-clean. The text does not tell us how long his mother was to abstain from alcohol or un-clean thing. However, Sampson’s Nazarite vow was for the duration of his life.
The soul purpose of not drinking any alcohol is so that the person who is declared under the Nazarite vow will be consecrated to God; set aside wholly for His use, “holy unto Yahweh”. That person who is dedicated to God is to abstain from the fruit of the vine (Grapes or anything made from grapes) and the fermented drink that is made from the fruit of the vine. This abstention signifies that the person’s acceptance is of a life in service which otherwise might be a life of ease.
According to Psalm 104:15, wine is the symbol of joy. ~And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.
This indicates to me that a person who undertakes a Nazarite vow easily places, receives and finds their joy in the Lord. We too can rejoice in the LORD because He is the God of our salvation.
So for Sampson and his mother, the fruit of their blessings was the joy they found in the Lord. For his mother, serving God in a personal vow was possibly only while his mother was pregnant. Nevertheless, the entire life of her son Sampson was to be bound to the Nazarite vow as stipulated by the angel and as is written in the Torah.
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