Posted by: New in Every Way | April 18, 2012

Pierced Ear and Contented Heart

I know a young couple who, after their wedding ceremony, went together to be tattooed. I haven’t seen their markings, but I’m guessing they are wearing each other’s names. They must be serious about remaining together until “death us do part.”

In the Old Testament laws God gave to the ancient Hebrews is an unusual scenario in which a person’s pierced ear meant he or she was committed to a lifelong relationship.

12 If any of your people—Hebrew men or women—sell themselves to you and serve you six years, in the seventh year you must let them go free. 13 And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed. 14 Supply them liberally from your flock, your threshing floor and your winepress. Give to them as the LORD your God has blessed you. 15 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the LORD your God redeemed you. That is why I give you this command today.  

16 But if your servant says to you, “I do not want to leave you,” because he loves you and your family and is well off with you, 17 then take an awl and push it through his earlobe into the door, and he will become your servant for life. Do the same for your female servant (Deut. 15:12-17). 

Since I first became aware of this story, I have been touched by the servant’s reason for remaining forever with his master: “he loves you and your family and is well off with you.”

Apply that to accepting Jesus as, not only as Savior, but Lord. Why would you be willing to do that? Why would you let him call the shots in your life from here on out? Because you love him and his other children and you are well off with him.

Make It Personal

  • Why is it that you love Jesus?
  • How often do you behave in a way Jesus would want out of loyalty? To make him happy?
  • In what ways are you well off because of him? Will you follow him forever?

P.S.: If you have become estranged from him, do you know that he still has your name “engraved on his hand”? In the touching passage below, the Lord is speaking to Jerusalem. But many scriptures show that he has the same never-ending love for individuals.

15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me (Isaiah 49:15-16 NIV).

So . . . will he receive you if you remember his love, realize you were well off with him, and return?


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