For Christians, “The Blood” has special significance, referring to the spilt blood of Jesus; His blood, The Blood, which He spilt for us, on the Cross of Calvary. The Old Testament also has significant references to blood. Let us look at one important example from early in the Old Testament; where in Exodus 29:20-21 we read:
20“Then you shall kill the ram, and take of its blood, and put it upon the tip of the ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar all around. 21And you shall take some of the blood on the altar, and of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron, and on his garments, and on his sons, and on the garments of his sons with him. And he shall be hallowed, and his garments, and his sons, and his sons’ garments with him.”
At the instruction of the Lord, blood of a ram was to be taken and applied to the right ear, the right thumb and the right big toe of Aaron and his sons, and Aaron and his sons would be then be hallowed. ‘Hallowed’ here, means they would be made holy, they would be consecrated to a sacred use, or to religious exercises; treated as sacred; reverenced.
The application of blood to the right ear, hand and foot here signifies that all parts of the body, plus the soul and spirit of the priests were consecrated to God for His service. These three elements represent the hearing, working and walking members of our bodies, signifying that priests were to hear and obey the Law of god; priests were to work with their hands in hands in performing service to God; priests were to walk in the ways of God in everything they did.
The symbolism of the Old Testament is equally appropriate for all born-again Christians, for as First Corinthians 3:16 asks, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”First Corinthians 12:27 further adds that not only are we the temples of God, God dwells within us, we are the very body of Christ and members in part thereof.
In the Bible we find more clarification for us in regard to our ears, our hands and our feet in regard to their relationship to the larger whole, which normally we do not see or consider.
First, there are seven (7) commands to Hear:
1 Give ear to My commandments –
Exodus 15:26“And he said, If you will carefully listen to the voice of Jehovah your God, and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandments, and keep all His Laws, I will put none of these diseases upon you, which I have brought upon the Egyptians; for I am Jehovah who heals you.”
Exodus 19:16“And it happened on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mountain. And the voice of the trumpet was exceedingly loud, so that all the people in the camp trembled.”
2 Give ear to My Law –
Psalm 78:1“Give ear, O my people, to my law; bow down your ears to the words of my mouth.”
3 Incline your ear to wisdom –
Proverbs 2:2“….making your ear attentive to wisdom, and turning your heart to understanding.”
4 Incline your ear to My sayings –
Proverbs 4:20“My son, listen to my words; bow down your ear to my sayings.”
5 Bow down your ear to My understanding –
Proverbs 5:1“My son, listen to my wisdom; bow your ear to my understanding.”
6 He that has an ear, let him hear –
Matthew 13:19“He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
7 Give your ear to Me –
Isaiah 51:4“Listen to Me, My people; and give ear to Me, O My nation; for a law shall go out from Me, and I will make My judgement to rest for a light of peoples.”
See also Matthew 13:15, 16, 43; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 6:6, 13, 22; 13:19.
Secondly, there are seven (7) symbolic uses of ‘right-hand’:
1 Power of God –
Exodus 15:16“Fear and dread shall fall upon them. By the greatness of Your arm they shall be still as a stone, until Your people pass over, O Jehovah; until the people whom You have purchased pass over.”
2 Exaltation –
Psalm 16:11“You will make Me know the way of life; in Your presence is fullness of joys. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
3 Preservation –
Psalm 18:35“You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; and Your right hand has held me up, and Your gentleness has made me great.”
Psalm 63:8“My soul follows hard after You; Your right hand upholds me.”
4 Righteousness –
Psalm 48:10“According to Your name, O God, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is full of righteousness; let mount Zion rejoice!”
5 Planting –
Psalm 80:15“ … and the vineyard which Your right hand has planted, and the Son that You make strong for Yourself.”
6 Longevity –
Proverbs 3:16“Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand, riches and honour.”
7 Fellowship –
Galatians 2:9“… and knowing the grace given to me, James, and Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, gave right hands of fellowship to Barnabas and me, that we go to the nations, but they to the circumcision.”
Lastly, there are seven (7) symbolic uses of ‘feet’:
1 Conqueror –
Psalm 8:6“You made him rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.”
See also: Psalm 91:13, Malachi 4:3, First Corinthians 15:24-28, Ephesians 1:22
2 Swiftness –
Psalm 18:33“He makes my feet like hinds’ feet, and sets me on my high places.”
3 Stability –
Psalm 40:2“He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a rock, and gave sureness to my steps.”
4 Good News –
Isaiah 52:7“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, making peace heard; who brings good news, making salvation heard; who says to Zion, Your God reigns!”
5 Power –
Daniel 7:7“After this I looked in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, frightening and terrifying, and very strong. And it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the rest with its feet. And it was different from all the beasts before it; and it had ten horns.”
Daniel 7:19“Then I wanted to know the truth of the fourth beast, which was different from all the others, very frightening, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of bronze; who devoured, broke in pieces, and stamped the rest with his feet.”
6 Beauty –
Romans 10:15“And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things!”
7 Victory –
Romans 16:20“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
As written in our last couple of posts, symbolism is very strong, and perhaps better said as ‘foundational’, in the thinking and the mindset of the Hebrews who wrote the Bible, both the Old and the New Testaments. Thus, the relationship between the Old and New Testaments can be seen from the above; is so close that they are in essence fully integrated parts of one whole, two sides, as it were, of a single coin, the Word of God.
So it is for Christians, as it was for the Jews, that ‘Blood’ has both deep meaning and significance. It is the Blood which makes the symbolism valid for both peoples and gives us insight to the deeper things of God.
I pray that you understand that because of the Blood of Christ, because of His indwelling, because we are Temples of Almighty God, then our ears and hands and feet take on important symbolic significance. God did not write the Holy Bible for us to ignore, for us to ignorant of. As Second Timothy 3:16-17 informs us:
“All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.”
And for those who know the Word of God, we are not to sit back and languish in our knowledge, but are called to action as in Galatians 6:6 God tell us:
“But let him who is taught in the Word share with the one teaching in all good things.”
Now that, sharing the Word of the Lord is being a blessing to others and in that, we too will be blessed. Then they too, like us, as Colossians 3:16 says:
“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”
Amen and Amen.