That sounds like a funny question, doesn’t it? Sometimes one would ask a woman if her ears were pierced…but just one ear? However, having your ear pierced has a special application when it comes to hearing the Lord.
A Particular Word
There is a particular word we want to examine in this regard. We normally find it in some of the salutations of the apostolic letters. This word is translated as servant in the English Standard Version of the Bible. It is translated bond-servant in the New American Standard Bible. Here are a few examples.
Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God… Romans 1:1
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ… 2nd Peter 1:1
Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James… Jude 1:1
In each of these verses a particular Greek word is used which is translated here as servant. The Greek word is doulos. It refers to someone who is wholly given up to the will of another in complete disregard of one’s own interests. We find a particular application of this in the Old Testament.
Law of the Bond-slave
There was a law for processing an individual who voluntarily gave his whole life to another in service. We find that law outlined in Exodus 21:1 – 6.
“Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. When you buy a Hebrew slave, he shall serve six years, and in the seventh he shall go out free, for nothing. If he comes in single, he shall go out single; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. If his master gives him a wife and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out alone. But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever.” (Emphasis added)
Here was an individual that had the legal right to go free, yet because of love he chose to remain in service to his master. As a result of the slave’s decision, his master was to take an awl and press it through the slave’s ear and into the door (or door post) of the house. This indicated that the slave’s ear was forever attached to the rule of the master’s house. The slave would no longer have an ear for other masters, opportunities, or suggestions. His ear would be forever inclined in one direction: toward the voice of the one he served.
What God is Looking For
Today the King is looking for people with pierced ears. His is looking for people Paul, Peter, or Jude whose ears are inclined toward His voice to the exclusion of all others. What about you? Is your ear pierced? Having a pierced ear is a key component for living in the Reign.
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