What do you think is the significance of the placing of the sacrificial blood and oil in the Old Testament atonement? Such is stated in Leviticus 14:14: tip of the right ear, the thumb of his right hand, big toe of his right foot. -- Susan Traganos

I have wondered about this myself. How about this explanation: God wants his representative to be wholly consecrated to him. Ear, hand, and food entail a certain symbolism. God’s man or woman must LISTEN to his word, DO what he wills, and GO where he sends.

The oil signifies consecration; the blood, cleansing from sin so that this consecration is possible.

Or, from the reverse angle, we must be holy in the things we listen to--what goes into our head (James 1:22), avoiding worldly thinking, gossip, etc; holy in our actions, not using our hands to sin (see 1 Timothy 2:8, Psalm 28:2); and holy in the places we go, not walking into temptation or darkness (Psalm 1:1).

Sorry it took me 5 months to get back to you!  I was thinking… (And also working on my new website!) Warm greetings from Colombia, South America.

Susan replies:

Your faithfulness in answering these questions amazes me!  No apology needed! That’s a fine explanation. I am reminded of the song I sang (and still do in their teen years) to my sons:

Be careful little ears (eyes, feet) what you hear (see, go),
'cause the Father up above is looking down in love.

Your ministry, travels and family remain in my prayers.

Sincerely In Christ,