Moses applies blood to the right ear, thumb, and large toe of Aaron and his sons when they are being sanctified as priests to God. There are a couple of meanings that can be derived from this. The first is that the applying of the blood to the extremities symbolized the sanctification of the whole man just as the altar was sanctified by spreading on its outermost edges. Another is that the ears receive instructions, which the hands and feet execute.
Which, if either, of these meaning do you prefer?
(Source for today’s information: The New Jerome Biblical Commentary. 1990. Editors: R.E. Brown; J.A. Fitzmyer, S.J.; R.E. Murphy, O.Carm.)
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