Exodus 29:20:and you shall kill the ram and take part of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tips of the right ears of his sons, and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the great toes of their right feet, and throw the rest of the blood against the sides of the altar.
The ear stands for hearing, the thumb stands for action, the toe stands for direction, while the altar (connection with God) stands for the presence of God.
While the children of Israel were still in the wilderness, Aaron who will be High priest and his sons who shared the priesthood with him, in the focus verse are being consecrated into the priesthood. Part of the activity it involves is having blood applied to three different parts of their body and the remaining blood of the animal killed is thrown against the sides of the altar.
That translates into attaching those components of the body to the altar. It is to transform those parts of the body in their representative functions, connecting them to the influence of God.
Jesus Christ is the High Priest (Hebrews 2:17, 3:1) in the ultimate sense and we can see the fact that what he hears, what he does and where he goes all have to do with what comes from the heavenly altar, what is dictated from heaven.
John the Baptist describes Jesus Christ himself as coming from heaven (John 3:31, John 1:18) and throughout his lifetime, he lived under heaven’s control. When he was 12 years of age, he set out to go about his father’s business (Luke 2:49) and when he spoke about the reasons for his action later on, he said what he hears from the father he says and what he see his father do that is what he does (John 5:19, 30, 8:38).
In a psalm that described the mission of Jesus on the earth he was said to be committed to doing the will of God (Psalm 40:6-8, Hebrews 10:5-9). From the forgoing we can conclude that the ear, thumb and toe of Jesus were tied to God. It does not have anything to do with having blood on those various parts but he has his own connection with God being the only begotten of the Father (John 1:14, 18).
He is the High Priest and he has made all of us, who are Christians, priests unto God (Revelation 1:6, 5:10, 1Peter 2:9); all who are followers of Christ are made priests. Instead of submitting to the word of God they follow the tradition of their denomination and the truth of God is pushed aside (Mark 7:13). When a church calls only a set of people priests it makes a mockery of the truth of the New Testament.
And it is because of the blood that Jesus shed. So for us as priest we have our ear, thumb and toe touched by the blood of Jesus in a figurative sense, in a spiritual sense. There is no other blood that is functional under the New Testament, it is the blood that speaks better things than the blood of Abel (Hebrews 12:24).
According to the scriptures the blood represents life of the individual or animal whose blood is shed (Genesis 9:4). And since the blood of Jesus is the blood of God (Acts 20:27-28) that means the life that it conveys is the life of God. Therefore in association with Jesus as he has made us priests to God; there is a special interaction of his blood with us whereby he connects the life of God to our “ear, thumb and toes.”
When it comes to the toe, the bible says that as many as are led by the Holy Spirit, they are the sons of God. Remember that the Holy Spirit that is in expression on the earth is released by Jesus (Acts 2:33), in the aftermath of death and the shedding of his blood.
As we are called priests (as having unbridled access to God), therefore all of us should have our ears thumbs and toes directed at and committed to the ways and word of God.
For the priest the sense of judgment is very important. And for Jesus, we have the prophecy that he would not judge merely by the mere hearing of ears but would judge righteous judgment (Isaiah 11:1-4). He would be guided by what God, the Father is saying. Jesus, during his temptation by the devil in the wilderness said that the man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).
And Jesus said those who are his sheep hears his voice (John 10:27).
When it comes to the thumb, it describes the activity we are involved in. In this as priests we should follow the Jesus who does what God shows him is the right thing to do.
When performing miracles, if it were the healing of blind eyes, there was a time that he made mud and put it in the eyes of the blind and the eyes became opened (John 9:6-7). In another place he merely touched the eyes and the blind man saw (Matthew 9:29). In another place, he merely spoke (Luke 18:39-43). Also when he was healing the leper, in one place he touched the leper (Matthew 8:1-4) in another he said the group should go show themselves to the high priest (Luke 17:11-19). There was no regimented way of doing things. It’s all about the connection with God.
Also about the toe, to be guided is the hallmark of the priesthood. Paul wanted to go on a mission to certain regions but was prevented by the Holy Spirit. Eventually he had a dream where he obtained what he judged as the divine direction (Acts 16:6-10).
God wants us to take full benefit from the Holy Spirit as our guide. Jesus Christ said that the Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth (John 16:13-15).
The Holy Spirit who was sent from heaven brings the presence of heaven to bear in our life, though earth and heaven exists in different dimensions, the Holy Spirit bring the reality of the heavenly dimension to us. As the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9), he manifests the life of Christ to us and in us. And we exhibit that in spiritual hearing, divinely directed activity and spiritually inspired sense of direction.
Isaiah said that God wakes his ears daily to hear God. The priest are set apart consecrated to be able to have a special link with God (all God’s children are special to him in this way). That special link is manifested in divine hearing, activity and direction.
- A great high priest (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
- Holiness (cindylivingstoneministries.wordpress.com)
- Acts 2. The coming of the Holy Spirit (bummyla.wordpress.com)
- I AM the God who cares so much I opened heaven. Heb 4:14- 5:9 (whoareyoulord.wordpress.com)
- The Signficance of the Altar (stocktonbiblechapel.org)
- Once and for all (kbruins.ipower.com)
- God-sent, not man-made. (ckeck86.wordpress.com)
- Desire the best gift (amfbeministry.wordpress.com)
- Follow the writer of the book of Hebrews as he reveals Jesus. (jlue.wordpress.com)