Exodus 29: 20 (NKJV) Then you shall kill the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the tip of the right ear of Aaron and on the tip of the right ear of his sons, on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood all around on the altar.
The priests were to put their hands on the sacrificial animal as a symbol of passing the guilt of their sin onto an innocent substitute. Since the penalty of sin is death, the life-blood of the animal is poured out instead of the life-blood of a guilty person. In other words, the sacrificial animal dies in place of the person. But we see here that the sacrifice of a substitute does more than just pay the penalty for a crime – it also “consecrates” the one the sacrifice represents. Consecration means “to set apart”. In this passage the priest was to anoint the ear, thumb and big toe of the person with the sacrificial blood. Why? The idea is that the priests ears are not “set apart” so they can hear the voice of God. The priests right hand (a symbol of his strength and ability to work in service) is consecrated to do the service of God and his right foot (a symbol of his lifestyle, how a person “walks” in life) is set-apart so that his lifestyle is step-by-step behind the example of God.
This is a picture of the perfect sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for you and me. He is the ultimate sacrifice because an imperfect animal can never wholly cover our sins. The sacrifice of Jesus, however, can completely cover us – and His sacrifice should also “set me apart”. I also need to be aware that my ears should be tuned to hear His voice. The work of my hands should be dedicated first and foremost to His service. My life-style should be set apart in the ways of my king. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross is not just to cover us from sin but to consecrate us, 100% – from head to foot, to serving our Lord and King in all that we do and say