Why does the servant get his ear pierced? Why did the servant not have his arm branded instead like cattle have their rumps branded to show ownership? Is the ear of some significance? But of course! This is a continuing thread, is it not!
We have studied awls and the marks they leave through piercing. We went on to the significance of the door, doorpost and The Door. Now we will study the importance of the ear. How often in our reading the Bible do we normally glide over these seemingly insignificant objects without really being aware of their importance? If you are like me, you do it more often than not. Therefore, let’s study this together.
To catch up on previous posts within Part I of this series called, “Personal Relationships based on Servanthood: To the Lord, To Each Other, To Our Spouses”, click on any of the links below.
Part I: Servanthood to the Lord
BLOOD ON EARS FOR THE CONSECRATION OF PRIESTS
Why would I start off this study talking about priests? The answer is quite simple: all of us are priests and earlobes enter significantly into the consecration ceremony of the priesthood.
1Peter 2:5 reminds us that we are part of a holy priesthood:
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
– 1 Peter 2:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
What kind of “spiritual sacrifices” are we to offer? Romans 12:1 speaks of offering our bodies – our self-will and desires – so that the heart of a humble servant is born inside us. Ephesians 5:2 speaks of living a life of love to God and others. Philippians 4:18 encourages us to offer our money and possessions for the advancement of the sharing of the gospel. Hebrews 13:15 speaks of a “sacrifice of praise” that tells the world how joyous we are to be in service to this Glorious Master Who has blessed us with so much – including an ear to hear His commands. The priesthood is another form of humble Servanthood.
The priesthood is an intimate relationship between God and His servants. What are the inner characteristics of these servants who are consecrated to God?
23 and Moses killed [the ram]. Also he took some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron’s right ear, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. 24 Then he brought Aaron’s sons. And Moses put some of the blood on the tips of their right ears, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. And Moses sprinkled the blood all around on the altar.
– Leviticus 8:23-24 New King James Version (NKJV)
The meaning of qds is translated “consecrate/sanctify/make holy,” [and] means separation with relationship to God. The function of the priests is to distinguish between the holy and the common ( Lev 10:10 ).
Both separation and relationship to God are explicit in the qds [v;d’q] cluster in Leviticus 20:23-26. God says, “You are to be holy to me because I, the Lord, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.”
The word consecrate is a very unique word, carrying with it demands of restrictions and holiness. The High Priest wore the phrase “Holiness unto Yahweh” on his turban. His was a life set apart to God. It was a life of a true servant who has pledged his entire life to his master in absolute surrender.
This is a true example of servanthood to the Lord.
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A GENUINE DESIRE TO PLEASE GOD
David Wilkerson (1931-2011)
May 3, 2018
“I do nothing of myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. AndHe who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him” (John 8:28-29).
Jesus did everything out of pleasure for his heavenly Father. It is important to understand the motive out of which our obedience springs, because if our heart is not pure, everything will be polluted.
Consider the father of a teenage son who has to correct his child. The scenario may be tense as the father confronts his son about bad companions, bad behavior, careless choices. And then the father issues an ultimatum: either change your behavior or find another place to live. The son responds in one of two ways: he submits to the correction with a contrite spirit and changes his behavior willingly or he begrudgingly changes his behavior in order to avoid the punishment.
The obedience of a disgruntled child is not satisfying because his compliance stems from a fear of his father’s wrath. There is no pleasure or love in the action; on the contrary, he is angry and frustrated because he perceives that his father is infringing upon his freedom and trying to cramp his lifestyle.
The sad truth is, many Christians in these last days obey God only because they are afraid they will go to hell if they don’t. They fear the Father’s wrath and their obedience to him is “legal” only. They have no genuine desire to please him.
Jesus’ desire to please his Father came out of his relationship with him. He shut himself up in prayer and his one great prayer was, “Father, what do you want? What will bring you pleasure? What can I do to fulfill the desire of your heart?”
That is the attitude of the person who has the Spirit of Christ!
To enter into the relationship of true servanthood unto the Lord also means entering into the priesthood. It means a life of consecration, strict obedience and devout prayer for God’s people. These are the exact characteristics that Jesus modeled for us.
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“Abraham and Isaac (Dalziels’ Bible Gallery)” at https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/641651