Grapes

Today we read the laws of one who took a Nazarite vow. The vow was for a specific time, and during that time, the Israelite was not to drink alcohol. But the law went even deeper.

Numbers 6:3, “They must give up wine and other alcoholic drinks. They must not use vinegar made from wine or from other alcoholic drinks, they must not drink fresh grape juice, and they must not eat grapes or raisins.” New Living Translation

I never acquired a taste for wine or alcohol. In fact, I never got past the smell but I love grapes and raisins.

Iced raisin bread is my favorite bread. I use raisins in my trail mix, cereal, salads, and make peanut butter and raisin sandwiches. I even like to put raisins in my stuffing!

I eat grapes regularly, too, and my favorite juice is grape juice or cranberry/grape juice. I even make a Concord grape pie! And who doesn’t love a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich?

The verse yesterday talked about violating one of God’s commands. I could see how someone who became drunk was violating the law and feel innocent while eating a PBJ on iced raisin toast and drinking grape juice! But according to the law, I would be just as guilty! Thank God, because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice, we no longer live under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:14, “Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.” New Living Translation

Dear Father God,

Thank You for grapes and all the yummy foods made from them. Even more, I thank You for grace. I could never be good enough under the law. Thank You for paying the price for my failures.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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