Leviticus 14:14 And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:
We have all heard of people who tie a string around their finger so that when they look at the string, it reminds them to do something. A few years back someone came up with the idea of a bracelet that many people wore. On the bracelet it said, “What Would Jesus Do?” It was a reminder for people to think about their Christian Character in the things they do. People have planners, text alerts, sticky notes, and all sorts of things to try to remind them of various things.
In our verse today, and in fact in many verses referring to sacrifice in the Old Testament, we find them marking the right ear, right thumb and the big toe on the right foot with blood. This for them was a reminder as well. First of all, being the right side was the symbol of power or strength. The ear pointed to all that they might hear. The thumb resembled all that they might do. The great toe helped them to think of everywhere they might go. Finally the blood reminded them of the sacrifice made to the Lord. When they would feel the crust of blood on their ear, see the blood on their hand and toe, it was to remind them that they were set apart for the work of the Lord.
All of this pointed to the blood that would be shed by Christ as the final sacrifice for man. As believers in Christ we too have been anointed by the blood of Christ to be mindful of what we listen too, what we do, and where we go.
GETTING GOD’S WORD INTO ME:
All that we do in service to the Lord is to be done in His strength, not our own. We are then to use His strength to give our all for Him in all we do. His Holy Spirit is Our Continual Reminder.
What might help you to remember that
what you listen to, do, and where you go, matters?
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