Exodus 29:19-20, “Take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head. Slaughter it, take some of its blood and put it on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet… “
Aaron was the high priest of Israel and Moses’ right hand man. He was a spiritual leader, and therefore both he and his sons went through a priestly ritual of being consecrated by blood. They were to have blood applied to three of their extremities which were: the lobe of the priest’s right ear, the right thumb, and the right big toe. Peter says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God…“, 1Peter 2:9.
The priest’s ear had blood applied to it which is the organ that hears the word of God and they were to hear only the Word of the Lord. A spiritual leader needs to know what God is saying to them to minister unto God on behalf of the people. Many Christians desire to spiritual leaders, but are too busy listening to all the other voices speaking in their ear. Carmen says in His song, Not ashamed, “There’s many voices in the wind, but only one that saves the soul from sin…” From the media, to celebrities, to preachers, everyone wants you to listen to them. Even Evans and I want you to hear the Word of God that He speaks through us for you in the daily devotional ministry. However as a spiritual leader you need to make sure that you are hearing His voice to direct your life, your family, your community, and your ministry, because nothing compares to His Word to direct you.
Recall the account in Matthew 3 whereby Jesus gets baptized by John. The Lord speaks out of heaven these words, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” If there was a way to encourage Jesus or warm His heart, His Father certainly did that with His few yet powerful words. Yet just THREE verses later in Matthew 4, we see another voice speaking to Jesus, Satan himself. As a matter of fact he speaks to Jesus in three instances, and in all three instances Jesus hit the devil with the Word of God as He repeatedly stated to the devil the words, “It is written.” The enemy was relentless in trying to drown out the voice of the God the Father in the ear of His Son Jesus, but the Word of God was hidden in His heart (Psalm 119:9,11).
Aaron and His sons needed to have their ear tuned to God’s voice. In this day and age if you are a spiritual leader, or desire to be one, then you must learn how to block out the “other voices” that attempt to fill your ears with ungodly temptations, and nonsense. In Greek mythology the Siren’s were beautiful half-woman, half-birdlike creatures who sang such sweet songs that listeners forgot everything and died of hunger. The Sirens were sisters who lured sailors to their death by their irresistible song causing sailors to crash upon the reefs when they tried to reach the Sirens. Among those tempted were Jason on the Argo and Odysseus. Odysseus escaped from them by filling his crew’s ears with wax while he tied himself to the ship’s mast. The Argonauts were saved by Orpheus’ music. The Argonauts were saved by listening to a sweeter melody, and what is sweeter than hearing the voice of our Father as the enemy tries to lead us to crash our lives upon the rocks of this world through his deceptive music. Moses sang, “The LORD is my strength and my song….” Is God’s Word that precious to you? To be continued…
Application: Whose Word is in your ear more, God’s Word, or the world’s word? Are you being consistent and daily in your Bible reading? Blessings Pastor Phil