A Nazarite took a vow, which included not going near a dead body, but if that happened beyond the Nazirite’s control, he had to go through a process,
“And if anyone dies very suddenly beside him, and he defiles his consecrated head, then he shall shave his head on the day of his cleansing; on the seventh day he shall shave it” (Numbers 6.9).
That was not incidental seven as with the other references we have seen in the Book of Numbers, but the Lord specified a seventh-day shaving of the head.
We have already seen that it was not unusual for Him to require the Israelites to go through a seven-day cleansing period, and the Nazarites had a similar time of cleansing.
Here is what we have seen thus far:
- Leviticus 8.33, 35 – Seven days of consecration
- Leviticus 12.2 – Seven days of uncleanness after a boy was born
- Leviticus 13.4–6, 21, 26, 27, 31–34, 50, 51, 54 – Leprosy and seven day examinations
- Leviticus 14.37–40 – Isolating a leprous house for seven days
- Leviticus 15.13 – Seven days of cleansing for male discharges
- Leviticus 15.19, 24, 28 – Seven days of cleansing for female discharges
We have also noted seven days for other purposes.
The Lord had His perfect timing for cleansing or re-consecration.