Pierced Ear

Psalm 40:6Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but my ears You have pierced.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Old Testament tradition of piercing the ear of a servant. But just in case, here’s a quick explanation. In Exodus 21, detailed instructions were given regarding servants and their freedom. Verse 6 explains the ritual to be carried out when a servant desired to stay: “If the servant declares, ‘I love my master…and do not want to go free,’ then his master must take him before the judges. He shall take him to the door or the doorpost and pierce his ear with an awl. Then he will be his servant for life.” Like a wedding ring symbolizes a couple’s commitment to each other, the pierced ear was a representation of a servant’s desire to remain close to his master though offered his freedom. Offering sacrifices, however, was a requirement of the law to make atonement for sin, an obligatory duty to appease God. 

Sacrifices were offered out of fear; an ear was pierced out of love.

God does not want our ritualistic sacrifices; He has set us free from the need to appease Him through our own feeble attempts at righteousness. Instead, He desires to pierce our ears — to make us His in response to our willing declaration, “I love my Master; I don’t want to leave.” He desires our hearts.

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 12:52 am  Leave a Comment  

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