March 03, 2007

Breadcrumb: By my ear!

During the ordination of Aaron and his sons, they placed the blood from the sacrifice on their right ear, their right thumb, and their right big toe. (Lev. 8:23-24) I can only imagine it must have looked like a giant game of "Simon says." As with so many religious practices, much of the ceremony involves looking silly to anyone not adequately initiated into its mysteries. On the other hand, look at most of the religious celebrations you attend. Certainly some of the rituals in those would cause those outside the faith to fall over laughing. So if God wanted Aaron to anoint his ear, thumb, and toe, who are we to argue?

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