“And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron’s right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.” Lev 8:23 (KJV)
Have you ever wondered what this means? How many of us have read this in the Bible and never bothered to research it for understanding? When you are guilty of such, you deprive yourself of knowledge necessary for a full understanding of the Gospel. That’s right! Those things written in the Old Testament were to help us, and secure us, in a better understanding of what the Gospel truly means for Christians today. This is significant and why it is a lethal methodology to think we are not supposed to understand the Old Testament, not regard its words and to think “Old versus New” Covenants when it really is “Old and New” Covenant. The only difference between them both is not what most Christians are taught, but it really lies within the heart. Now, go figure that out since it is another topic for another day.
Not making this up but looking it up, I found this bit of relevant information:
“Before sprinkling the blood upon the altar, Moses put some of it upon the tip of the right ear, upon the right thumb, and upon the great toe of the right foot of Aaron and his sons. Thus he touched the extreme points, which represented the whole, of the ear, hand, and foot on the right, or more important and principal side: the ear, because the priest was always to hearken to the word and commandment of God; the hand, because he was to discharge the priestly functions properly; and the foot, because he was to walk correctly in the sanctuary. Through this manipulation the three organs employed in the priestly service were placed, by means of their tips, en rapport with the sacrificial blood; whilst through the subsequent sprinkling of the blood upon the altar they were introduced symbolically within the sphere of the divine grace, by virtue of the sacrificial blood, which represented the soul as the principle of life, and covered it in the presence of the holiness of God, to be sanctified by that grace to the rendering of willing and righteous service to the Lord.” —Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament
Now, this is from Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers. Now, pay close attention to what it states:
“And put it upon the tip of Aaron’s right ear.—To teach him that, as the mediator between God and His people, it was his bounden duty to hearken to the Commandments of the Lord.
“And upon the thumb of his right hand.—To remind him that henceforth he is to execute God’s will, and walk in the way of His Commandments.”
Did you get the point? Moses was in essence setting up the “priesthood” for Israel, giving the example for the “ministry” in Christianity. There is no difference between the ministry in the Old and New Testaments. Each were to direct those not in ministry to Christ. Now, this is a given. But, HOW do we direct others to God? By the keeping of His Commandments. Especially since it is those Commandments, those Ten Commandments which will be used in the Judgment to determine one’s worthiness of entering into the Salvation. This is, sadly, why many church members, and pastors, today, will have missed the privilege of the Kingdom because they do not follow the first rule: believe in the Ten Commandments of God, and the second rule: to teach and live them before others. If you do away with the Ten Commandments of God, then what will be used to “judge” whether you are of God or not?
You cannot have “justice” without a “law”. They go hand-in-hand. The wonderful expression of what Christ did for you and me, on the cross, was to grant us “grace”. Grace doesn’t absolve us from keeping the Law. It gives us the benefit of having broken the law, being repentant and allowing God to change us from within so we may keep the Law without receiving the penalty of the Law, which is death for those who’ve broken it without being repentant.
God has given us the Old, thankfully, so we are able to understand the New. Without it, my goodness, I couldn’t even begin to consider what would be our situation. You need both, the Old and New, and a good understanding of what took place in the Old in order to understand and appreciate the New.
September 9, 2015