When the blood is applied to the priests in Leviticus 8:23-26, it is placed on the right ear, right thumb, and great toe of the right foot. When reading this, I had to wonder what the significance of this was.
So far, there is much speculation. I like the idea of Philo (1st century church leader) who believes that the ear represents the instrument by which we hear God’s commands, the thumb represents the pinnacle of human action, and the foot represents the journey we take through life.
We also know that the “right” side of the body represents power and authority throughout the Bible (Ex 15:6, 1 Kings 2:19, Psalm 17:7, Ps 18:25, Ps 20:6, Ps 48:10, Ps 63:8, Ps 110:1, Ecc 10:2, Isa 41:10, Isa 41:13, Isa 48:13, Isa 62:8, Matt 26:64, Acts 2:33, Acts 7:55, 56), and the blood represents the blood of the lamb (Christ) which was shed as atonement for our sins.
If you hold up your hands and look at the compass on any map, the right hand will always be on the east. I believe it is possible that the significance of the “right” is correlated with the “east” which is the “right” direction (see my notes on Lev. 1-4) from which Jesus Christ did enter (first advent) and will again enter (second advent) Jerusalem.
The end of chapter 9 (verse 24) says that “there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.”
This was a holy fire, given by the Almighty Himself. It signified that God accepted the offerings from the children of Israel. This is similar to the acceptance of Abel’s offering (Gen. 4:4) and Elijah’s (1 Kings 18). However, Lev. 10:1 says that two sons of Aaron offered “strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.” The penalty for falsifying fire was a fire that went out “from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.”
This is a strong message for all those who seek to pretend that they are glorifying God, but are faking it.
The Bible warns “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5). Matt. 7:15 says “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”
Furthermore, these liars in the last days are antichrist (Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” 1 John 2:18). This lying, manipulating spirit of antichrist has been on the earth for centuries (1 John 4:3), and it can absolutely be found in our pews and pulpits.
Some “Christian” pastors and the entire denominations they are found in are corrupt, anti-Biblical agents of Satan. They are antichrists. Others may be well meaning, but the doubts they have about sound doctrine or the lack of faith that they exhibit when they turn from the inspired Words of God to corrupt texts is the SPIRIT of antichrist.
They may deceive us, whether that is their intention or not. God will hold them accountable, as He did with the priests who were sons of Aaron, the high priest.