From head to toe
by Blood", 1867)
"And he brought the other ram,
the ram of consecration:
and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of
the ram. And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of
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 8:22-23
The tip of the right ear was the first place
the blood was to
be sprinkled, denoting that his hearing was now set apart for
God, and that he was to be ever in the attitude of one listening
to God alone--hearing no words but His, heeding no instructions
but His. Our ears are thus set apart to God. And if so, how wide
open should they be to hear His voice; how thoroughly closed
against all sinful sounds.
The thumb of the right hand was the next place sprinkled,
indicating the consecration of all bodily skill, and energy,
and power, to the service of Jehovah.
The great toe of the right foot was the third place touched
with blood, signifying that his feet were to be ever ready for
priestly service, that his limbs were to be employed for God,
and their strength or swiftness solely dedicated to bearing His
burdens or running His errands. Our feet are set apart for Him;
let us run the errands of no other master, nor use our limbs in
the service of the flesh, or the world, or the devil.
The whole man, in all its faculties and powers of soul and body,
was to be thus set apart for God. Our ears, our hands, our
feet, are thus wholly His; not our own, not the world's,
Satan's. As those who have died and risen with Christ, we hear
Him always, and listen for His words and commands, ready to
put forth hands and feet, every power and faculty of soul and
body--in His service, to whom we are thus solemnly set apart.
The whole man, from head to toe,
becomes a sacred thing,
dedicated to the service of the living God. As God's consecrated
priests, His true Aarons, His true Levites, His true Israel--whether
we eat or drink, or whatever we do, let us do all to the glory of God.
Follow the Master fully.
Give Him no divided heart.
Serve Him wholly.
Give Him no half service.