Lev 8:22 Then he presented the other ram, the ram of ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram.
Lev 8:23 And he killed it, and Moses took some of its blood and put it on the lobe of Aaron’s right ear and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot.
Lev 8:24 Then he presented Aaron’s sons, and Moses put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet. And Moses threw the blood against the sides of the altar.
ears, thumbs and toes
The entire ordination ceremony is symbolic, and signifies what is necessary to serve God and his people. We have already seen two sacrifices paraded before us: the mistake offering for forgiveness, and the ascending offering for a renewed relationship with God. Now, a third sacrifice. This one highlights personal dedication. The blood of the ordination ram touches the priests right ear, symbolising a dedication to listen to only God’s word. The blood touches the right thumb, symbolising a dedication to do only God’s will. The blood touches the big toes, symbolising a dedication to walk in God’s ways.
Have you determined to serve God, and others in his name. It matters what voices you are listening to; it matters what you do; it matters where you go. A life of service demands that we surrender our own purposes, and dedicate ourselves to his.
LORD, we dedicate ourselves anew to hearing your word, doing your will, and walking in your ways.