…and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron’s right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.  

Leviticus 8:23


When Moses touched the sacrificial blood to the tip of Aaron’s ear, he was fulfilling God’s command for a special function.  This act signified a special consecration of the ear and of what the ear represents.  We generally think of the ear as the receptor of audible messages for the body.  For the servant of God, this would represent hearing the voice of God.  In today’s world there are so many voices and distractions that it is sometimes hard to focus on the voice of God.  Our electronic world continually bombards our thoughts with entertainment, advertisements, trivialities of the world, and toils and troubles of the political and cultural world around us.  While many of these distractions are legitimate, they are still distractions from the most important message we should be hearing.  

God wants to speak to us today, but we are often attuned to the wrong things.  When Moses anointed the ear, he was signifying a consecration to listen to the voice of God and to hear His divine will.  We might think it strange to go to church and have the pastor anoint our ears, but the reality is that God still wants to speak to us and guide us in this modern world.  God wants us to anoint our ears so that we set a guard to filter out those things that would be degrading or of a destructive nature, and to take in those things that are good and desirable.  God still wants us to anoint our ears that we may hear His voice and be ready to obey His commands.

Dalbert Walker