“Hear” what God Said and “Do” What God Said

NOVEMBER 20, 2021

Exodus 29:20

Then you shall kill the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tip of the right ear of his sons, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar.

At first glance this instruction seems a bit odd and, for those not inclined to see beyond the surface of things, maybe even bizarre and troubling. Yet, we know that God has a purpose for everything He does and for everything He instructs us to do. First of all, understanding the role of blood in the process of redemption and its necessity for the forgiveness of sins is essential if we are to understand anything about the role of the priests and the Sanctuary itself. Blood is emblematic of life itself and it is through the shedding of blood that the guilt of sin is atoned for.

That something regarded as precious as blood was to be placed upon the priests begs us to consider why it was on placed on their right ear, their right thumb and right big toe. Rabbinical commentary offers an opinion on the matter. Rabbi Raphael Hirsch offered this interpretation: “Through the ear, one hears and understands; through the hand, one acts; through the feet, one moves about. All three are consecrated to show that the Cohen dedicates all his faculties to God's service.”

In other words, as the priests were being inaugurated into service, they were reminded that they were to “hear” what God said and to “do” what God said. Likewise, as representatives of the Messiah, we are consecrated to hear and to do according to His will. Our ears are not to be dull of hearing but are to be sensitive to heed and understand His voice. Our hands and feet must not be polluted with sinful deeds but be dedicated to go and to act according to His will. In short, this ritual was a reminder to them and to us that those who are called to serve the Almighty are to dedicate their entire being to Him without reservation or exception. So then, let us serve Him in the way that He expects and deserves — with all of our heart, soul and strength.

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Friday February 8: 3 Adar

It was on this day in 1949 that the first permanent government of the State of Israel assumed office. Ironically or not, this was also the same day that the security council recommended Israel’s admission into the United Nations.

Though it was, indeed, the first official government of the new Israeli state, to say that this was a permanent government is not quite accurate. According to the Bible, the nation of Israel is destined to witness an altogether different and most definitely permanent form of government; one that has yet to come into the fullness of its power. The prophet Isaiah shed some light on this coming government and administration, when he wrote in Isaiah 9:6-7:

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called ‘Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.’ Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

According to this prophecy, this government and its head will indeed be permanent. But unlike the governments of men, it will be a government of justice and peace. To the dismay of those who believe in the will of the people determining the law, this government will not be democratic or republican. It will not be autocratic, communist, socialist or any other form of man-contrived government. This will be a theocratic monarchy, meaning that God, Himself, will be our King, as the Messiah rules and reigns from Jerusalem. In the end, all kingdoms will bow to His Kingdom, as it is written in the book of Revelation:

“And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, ‘The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!’” (Revelation 11:15)

That means every kingdom, every government, every President, Congress, Parliament and even Knesset will have to submit to His eternal authority. At that time, no more will men make laws that oppress, enslave and manipulate those being governed. But all men will be bound to keep His righteous and just laws, the laws of the One and only God. Isaiah prophesied:

“For out of Zion shall go forth the law and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations and rebuke many people.” (Isaiah 2:3-4)

That this Kingdom is coming means that all of us will have to adjust our thinking, our way of doing things and our will in order to conform to His way. Nevertheless, we say collectively, “Maranatha.” Even so, come Lord Jesus, and sit upon Your Holy Throne and establish Your Kingdom – the one that was ordained from the beginning.