Slaughter the ram. Take some of its blood and smear it on the right earlobes of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. Throw the rest of the blood against all the altar’s sides.
Times certainly have changed; God no longer needs us to apply the blood of a ram to eyes, hands and feet so that they become holy and dedicated to God. Since Jesus suffered and died for us, we don’t need the blood of any animals to make a connection to God!
So don’t think so much about the blood being applied to Aaron’s and his sons’ ears, their right thumbs and the big toes of their right foot. Meditate instead about what it means to hear God (the ears), to do what God wants (the hands) and to go where God wants us to go (the feet). These three parts of our body are very important when it comes to God. What can you do to make yourself aware of the holiness of your ears, hands and feet? You might take another very ancient sign of anointing–olive oil. Ask Mom to let you have a few drops. Rub your ear lobes with the oil, then your right thumb and your right big toe. This may seem a bit weird, but doing this lets you know how much God wants to you listen, act and move according to God’s wonderful plan for you. Ask God to make you be aware that all the parts of your body belong to God to fill God’s wishes for your life.
Something else: scented Candles are popular; how much smells can bring peaceful feelings! Lighting candles can be a lovely way of being reminded that Jesus is the light of the world. Jewish people begin the Sabbath on Friday evenings at sundown by lighting the Sabbath candles and having them burn all during the Sabbath. It’s one of the reminders of how special the Sabbath is. Maybe you could do the same…and include Sunday as too, the special day of rest for Christians, because of the day when Jesus rose from the dead. (Careful about candles burning when no one’s around!)
Here is a sample of a seven-syllable breath-prayer
from today’s reading:
I listen, I act, I go 29:20
For more information about this creative way to pray,
see Bible Breaths.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
Solar and Sacred Seasons
Some adjustments to make the church year simpler.
These Firestarters are from a new edition of The Bible Through the Seasons being developed for families with children. For the Firestarters in the original edition, I recommend the ebook. You will have the entire program of well over a thousand Firestarters with you on your phone or tablet. More information…