Doctrine of Ears
Based on Doctrine from R.B. Thieme Jr.
Used in Balaam Study, Numbers 23:18
- Ears are Used for the Function of the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP). Ex 15:26; Rev 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22; Prov 18:15; Job 34:1‑3, Num 23:18
Ex 15:26, “And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.”
Psa 18:15, “The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”
- Ears are Used for Supergrace Dedication. Ps 40:6; Ex 21:6; Deut 15:17
Psa 40:6, “My ears You have opened;”
“Opened” = Hebrew word, Karah = “to dig or excavate.”
In Ex 21:5-6 and Deut 15:17, the ear was used to identify someone as voluntarily becoming a permanent slave to His Master because of his love for his master and family. Ex 21:5-6 – “Peirce” – ratsa = “to bore or pierce.”
- The Ear was Part of the Consecration of the Priest, Ex 29:20; Lev 8:23.
The blood from the second ram was applied to the right ears, thumbs, and great toes of Aaron and his sons.
Second Ram = the number two, which denotes difference and divisions either positive or negative. In this case, positive as the priests were separated from the people. Sanctified unto God.
Part of the second ram was kept back for a special meal that only the priests could eat (Lev. 7:28-38). God ordained that certain parts of some sacrifices belonged to the priests as payment for their ministry to the people. This is a picture of our escrow rewards and blessings.
Blood on the right ear indicated the function of the priesthood in studying and teaching the word.
Blood on the right ear, thumb, and big toe pictured their consecration to hear God’s Word, do God’s work, and walk in God’s way.
This sprinkling was used to teach them that they could neither hear, work, nor walk profitably, uprightly, nor be well-pleasing in the sight of God, without the application of the blood of the sacrifice.
- A Healed Leper had Blood Placed on His Ear to Indicate the Importance of Bible doctrine in the Salvation of Hopeless Problems. Lev 14:14
The Cleansing of the Sinner
This chapter explains the ritual for the ceremonial cleansing of lepers so that they might enter society again.
The Priest Goes to the Leper, (Lev 14:3)
Of course, the leper was barred from coming into the camp, so the priest had to go “outside the camp” to him.
What a picture of Christ who came to us and died “outside the camp” that we might be saved (Heb. 13:10-13).
We did not seek Him; He came to seek and to save the lost, (Luke 19:10).
The Priest Offers the Sacrifices, (Lev 14:4-7)
This ceremony is a beautiful picture of the work of Christ.
The priest took one of the birds and placed it in an earthen vessel (clay jar), and then he killed it. Of course, the birds were not created to live in jars, but to fly in the heavens.
Christ willingly left heaven and took upon Himself a body, put Himself, as it were, in an earthen vessel, that He might die for us.
Note that the bird was killed over running water, a picture of the Holy Spirit.
The priest then took the living bird, dipped it in the blood of the dead bird, and set it free. Here is a vivid illustration of Christ’s resurrection. Christ died for our sins and was raised again, and He took the blood (spiritually speaking) back to heaven that we might be cleansed from sin.
The priest finally sprinkled some of the blood on the leper, for “without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”, Heb. 9:22.
Christ took on our sins and offered Himself to the Father, so we would be freed from sin (death.)
The Leper Washes and Waits, (Lev 14:8-9)
The priest had already pronounced him clean, so he was accepted as far as the Lord was concerned, but now he had to make himself ritually acceptable.
This washing is a picture of the believer cleansing himself from filthiness of the flesh and spirit (John 13:5-10; 2 Cor. 7:1; 1 John 1:9). After we have been saved, it is our responsibility to keep our lives blameless and holy for His sake.
Note that the leper’s wait was until the eighth day, for eight is the number of resurrection, the new beginning.
As a result of resurrection, the believer is completely clean at salvation and has restoration of cleanliness through confession of sin to the Father.
The Leper Offers the Sacrifices (Lev 14:10-13)
He was now back in the camp at the door of the tabernacle. He offered a trespass offering, a sin offering, and a burnt offering.
The sin offering took care of his defilement and represented Christ’s saving work; the burnt offering represented the judgment of his personal sins and his renewed dedication to God.
Why the trespass offering? The trespass offering represented the sacrifice for sins committed after salvation, (i.e. dissipation, (Eph 5:18): that wasted segment of his life while he was out of fellowship with God). So, the trespass offering represented confession of sin(s) (rebound), based on Christ’s work on the cross, to regain fellowship with God the Holy Spirit. 1 John 1:8-10
The Priest Applies the Blood and Oil (Lev 14:14-20)
This is a touching part of the ritual. The priest took the blood and applied it to the right ear, the right thumb, and the right great toe of the man, symbolizing that his whole body had now been purchased and belonged to God. He was to listen to God’s Word, work for God’s glory, and walk in God’s ways. Then the priest put the oil on the blood, symbolizing the power of the Word of God, through the Spirit of God, for the doing of God’s will. The blood could not be put on the oil; the oil had to be put on the blood. For where the blood has been applied, the Spirit of God can work. The rest of the oil was poured on the man’s head, and thus, he was anointed for his new life.
If you read Lev. 8:22-24, you will see that a similar ceremony was performed for the consecration of the priests. In other words, God treated the leper as he would a priest.
So, the symbolism here is that based on Christ’s sacrifice, the Word is sustaining the believer to hear, work, and walk in the power of God the Holy Spirit.
Of course, all of this is accomplished today through faith in Jesus Christ. He went “outside the camp” to find us. He died and rose again to save us. When we trust Him, He applies the blood and oil to our lives and restores us to fellowship with God.
One day a leper said to Christ, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.” He replied, “I am willing; be cleansed.” See Mark 1:40-45. Christ is willing to save and able to save.
- Ears of God are Used as an Anthropomorphism.
Anthropomorphism – A physical attribute of man ascribed to God, which He does not literally possess, in order for man to understand something about God and His policy toward man by the use of language of accommodation.
David describes the ear as the anthropomorphism of God in his reversion recovery. Psa 34:15
Psa 34:15, “The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and His ears are open to their cry.”
- The ear of God is used as an anthropomorphism in the restoration of Israel from the fifth cycle of discipline. Neh 1:6
Neh 1:6, “Let Your ear now be attentive and Your eyes open to hear the prayer of Your servant which I am praying before You now, day and night.”
- The ear of God is used as an anthropomorphism is contrast with idols who cannot hear. Isa 59:1 w/ Ps 135:17
Isa 59:1, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not so short that it cannot save; nor is His ear so dull that it cannot hear.
Psa 135:17, “They have ears, but they do not hear, nor is there any breath at all in their mouths.”
- The ear is used for negative volition to Doctrine. Jer 6:10
Jer 6:10, “To whom shall I speak and give warning that they may hear? Behold, their ears are closed and they cannot listen. Behold, the word of the LORD has become a reproach to them; they have no delight in it.”
- The ear is used to portray reversionism leading to the fifth cycle of Discipline. Isa 6:10
- The ear is associated with the sin of gossip. Prov 17:4
You have two ears and one mouth. Use them in that order.