Have you ever looked at parts of the Old Testament – especially Leviticus – and honestly felt that it didn’t necessarily apply to this time and place and was nothing but a big heap of dry laws so you would just skim through it to check it off your list? Frankly, I used to do that until the last three years. Three years ago my oldest grandson, now 20 years of age, was so terribly ill that he had to crawl up stairs and had no memory. He could not attend school for all those years either. He’s the same one who had Lyme Disease for three years that I’ve spoken about before. What I haven’t discussed is his other illness. He had the disease listed in Leviticus 14: 33 – end that is titled leprosy in the walls; it is called today mold toxicity and was in the walls of his family’s house. Leviticus 14 was the chapter the Lord led me to so that I understood what was transpiring and knew how to pray. A specialized and very expensive treatment was needed for the toxicity after it was completely discovered. However, if we look at the following verses in Leviticus 14, you can see that it was the Lord Who cleansed the house and healed those in it.
The Ritual for Cleansing Healed Lepers
14 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “This shall be the law of the leper for the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest. 3 And the priest shall go out of the camp, and the priest shall examine him; and indeed, if the leprosy is healed in the leper, 4 then the priest shall command to take for him who is to be cleansed two living and clean birds, cedar wood, scarlet, and hyssop.
– Leviticus 14:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
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Part I: Servanthood to the Lord
Scarlet – red, like blood? Hyssop – like what was used to spread the blood over the doorframe on the evening of the Passover when all the slaves were set free? Again, we have that thread that weaves it’s way through the Bible connecting everything. However, there’s more…
14 The priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. 15 And the priest shall take some of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand. 16 Then the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle some of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord. 17 And of the rest of the oil in his hand, the priest shall put some on the tip of the right ear of him who is to be cleansed, on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot, on the blood of the trespass offering. 18 The rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put on the head of him who is to be cleansed. So the priest shall make atonement for him before the Lord.
– Leviticus 14:14-18 New King James Version (NKJV)
Priests are consecrated to the Lord by blood from the sacrifice being applied to their big toes, thumbs and right ears. The one who needs to be cleansed of sickness and disease goes through the same procedure: big toe, right thumb, right ear. The blood consecrates, the oil heals. With our hands we perform services to the Lord. With our feet we go wherever He tells us. With our ears we hear and obey.
TWO DIFFERENT MEANINGS FOR “EAR”
I discovered something very interesting when I went to the Strong’s Concordance for different verses using the word ears. Look at the following carefully:
9 And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
– Mark 4:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 But [other seeds] fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
– Luke 8:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
In both these instances and quite a number more, the word ears means “the faculty of perceiving with our mind, understanding, put words into the mind and keep them there. Hearing is associated with obedience.”
However, I also noticed that there was another definition for ears but it only applied to two verses in the entire New Testament. The definition for ears in these two isolated verses meant “that which is heard, associated with fame, rumor.” How strange that one definition has such a sense of righteousness and holiness to it while the other has such a worldly savor to it. The two verses in this second category are:
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.
– 2 Timothy 4:3-4 New King James Version (NKJV)
In the first definition, noted in Mark and Luke above, ears are used to hear and obey. Servants who wish to “serve for life” hear and humbly obey. However, in the two verses in 2Timothy the definition for ears is of a totally different nature. Here ears are associated with rebellion, fleshly desire, running after false teaching, listening to fables. Would these second kind of ears desire the “awl ceremony,” the one that signifies being His “servant for life?” Itching ears sounds like people who cannot rest in the sound doctrines of the Bible. They cannot rest in what Jesus has said, neither adding or subtracting to His written Word. Instead, their ears “itch” for anything new that comes along, anything enticing, anything exciting. Wasn’t it these same “itching ears” that caused such trouble in Genesis 3 through the subtle craftiness of a creature who tickled ears by asking “hast God said?” Sound doctrine is not just stable, it also doesn’t go on roller coaster rides of thrills. It rests on the truth of the Word of God.
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