Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.
When a servant’s time was up and his master was to set him free, the servant could choose to voluntarily remain in his master’s house and serve out of choice, instead of from bondage. If that was the servant’s choice, he would place his ear of the door post and his master would bore the servant’s ear through with an aul. After this public display by the servant, that he would only hear what came out of his master’s house, the servant would remain in the master’s house and serve only him the rest of his life.
What a beautiful analogy of our spiritual walk with the Lord. We reach a place in our spiritual journey where we come face to face with a choice between listening to man and choosing to voluntarily remain in our master’s house and hear only Him the rest of our earthly journey.
So many in today’s world, feel like you must belong to their group or believe like they do. If you should choose another way they are compelled to destroy you, attack your reputation or write you off as a bad seed because you don’t see it like they do. What a privilege to suffer attack. The Bible says be careful when all men speak good of you. I see religious extremism and hatred on both sides of the battle. Both from the Christians and the non-Christians. What happened to overcoming hate with love?
We look down our nose at politicians on both sides of the aisle, thinking neither side has the country’s best interest at heart, and yet the church world is guilty of the very same thing.
Wasn’t that Peter’s deal when he cut off the ear of the High Priest when they came to arrest Jesus? Peter felt like he could attack because he thought he was morally right. Jesus overcame Peter’s hatred with love by healing the High Priest’s ear.
Which door post we have our ear nailed to is our own choice. Is my ear nailed to a door of hate or is it nailed to a doorway of love?