In the OT, God lays out the perimeters for taking a Nazarite Vow. What is this vow? What was required? Did Jesus adhere to the restrictions of the vow? Are we required to live by its restrictions?
Nazarite Vow: Numbers chapter 6.
Purpose: To set oneself apart for God for a period of time. Both men and women could and did do this. Most individuals, as seen in the scriptures regarding it, took the vow for a short period of time (a year or so). Others (Samson, John the Baptist) were Nazarites from conception.
Regulations of the vow:
1. No wine or strong drink
2. No vinegar from grapes/wine or from strong drink
3. No grapes or raisins
4. No products of the vine from kernels to husk
5. No cutting of the hair
6. No being defiled by a dead body (no touching)
7. At end of vow, head is shaved and hair is sacrificed to God because it is holy
Did Jesus follow these standards even though there is no mention of him formally being a Nazarite? Luke 8:53-54 says he touched a dead girl to raise her from the dead. There are absolutely no verses that even suggest that he abstained from fermented wine. Edit: In fact, we have this verse that suggests that he did drink of the vine: Matthew 11:19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and "sinners." ' But wisdom is proved right by her actions."
Are we required to live by its restrictions? I see nowhere that suggests that we are. Nor that the drinking of fermented beverages is a sin in itself but only being drunken. Similarly, eating is not a sin but gluttony is.