This past week we dug into some great text from the Bible, in the book of Leviticus. Now, some of you may be thinking that this book in particular isn’t really relevant today, but I want to encourage you to keep in mind that the whole Bible is applicable to our lives and that the Lord can and will use any portion to speak to our hearts (2 Timothy 3:16).
Let’s take a closer look at Leviticus 8:22-24. Here we have Aaron’s ordination ceremony, performed by Moses, his brother. We see that Moses placed the blood of the slaughtered ram on Aaron’s right earlobe, his right thumb, and his right big toe. Whats this all about? This particular anointing seems quite strange until we go back to the purpose for the entire ordination ceremony: Holiness.
By placing the blood on the ear (hearing), the thumb (acting), the toe (going), Moses consecrated, or made holy, every area of Aaron’s life. All that he heard. All that he did. Everywhere he went. Ear, hand and foot encompassed the entire body. God was calling Aaron to be the kind of man who was completely committed to God, in all that he heard, did and went.
Another question we might have, is, why the right side? At that time, culture considered the right side superior, with more strength and skill, because most people were right handed. This indicates to us that God wanted their best to be dedicated to Him. And so too, with us.
In 1 Peter 2:9, we see our calling set forth. We see our roll in God’s kingdom. A chosen people, a royal priesthood, God’s special and set apart possession. Called by God to declare His praises because He has given us new life and new hope in Him. By our new birth, we are a nation of people set apart for God. And just like the Old Testament priests, we should allow Jesus, by the power of His Holy Spirit, to equip us to live set apart lives. To lead us in our hearing, doing, and going.
So what does this mean practically? We need to have ears to hear the Word of God, hands to do the work of God, and feet to walk in the way of God. Are we listening for Go to speak by reading His Word daily? Am I doing what He’s called me to do? Am I walking in the path He’s set for me, which is to follow in the footsteps of Jesus?
Let’s pray and ask the Lord to help us not ever be too busy to hear Him speak, have anything in our life that is so loud or taking up too much of a priority that we can’t hear Him. Pray for the Lord to continuously use your hands to do His work and whatever He’s called us to do. Lastly, pray that each day we’re walking in a way that is set apart so that we stand out, not for our own selves, but for Him. That others would see a difference in our lives and come to know Him in the same way.
He is so very faithful to complete what He’s begun in us (Philippians 1:6)!