“But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and big toes. Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to gather up scraps under my table; as I have done, so God has repaid me.” So they brought him to Jerusalem and he died there.” Judges 1:6-7 NASB.
Without our big toes and thumbs, we lose our BALANCE.
Balance is something we all could use more of. When we are mentally, spiritually, or even physically off balance, we can fall into a ditch. When I first became sick with neurological issues, the doctor had to order me a cane because I fell into everything. This evil Canaanite leader cut off 70 men’s thumbs and big toes. Why would he do that? What was the significance?
Our big toe keeps us from falling over. A table cannot stand on two legs and yet you and I do. However, that is all due to our big toes. We use the big toe muscles when we stoop, climb, bend down and walk. Walking works by the big toe bending upward and then the foot lifts off the ground. But try walking without the big toes on your feet and you have a challenge. Same importance goes with the thumbs. Our thumbs allow us to grasp objects and hold on to them. When the thumb works with our other fingers we can hammer things, write, tie our shoes, and hold a paint roller or A WEAPON!
Without the big toe and the thumb, fighting in battle with a sword on foot as they did back then, left you useless. You were just eating scraps that fell under the table with no balance and no grasp.
In order to walk in the ways of Yahweh, we need to be able to grasp his Words, His voice, and His direction, and we need BALANCE to get there.
A balanced person has qualities that rest on a couple principles.
- They are slow to react to adversity.
- They are slow to speak.
- They are wise about who they share secretive matters of their heart with.
- They are not concerned about what people think, but what their Father thinks.
- They don’t look to man for approval.
- They place Yahweh first in their life and in every part, including money.
- They are quick to listen
- They are men and women of prayer
- They hide His Word in their hearts
- They are quick to forgive.
This is just a list I made from issues I have dealt with in my own life. The lessons we learn teach us hopefully to get better at being balanced. We need our big toes and our thumbs and even our ears.
“Then he presented the other ram, the ram of ordination, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram. And he killed it, and Moses took some of its BLOOD and put it on the LOBE of Aaron’s right EAR and on the THUMB of his right hand and on the BIG TOE of his right foot. Then he presented Aaron’s sons, and Moses put some of the blood on the lobes of their right ears and on the thumbs of their right hands and on the big toes of their right feet. And Moses threw the blood against the sides of the altar.” Leviticus 8:22-24 ESV.
The ear is where we listen and obey HaShem’s commands. Faith comes by hearing. We must hear HIS Word and obey. But we also must be able to hear others. “Every high priest is a man chosen to represent other people in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers sacrifices for their sins. And he is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people because he himself is subject to the same weaknesses.” Hebrews 5:1-2 NLT.
As we learned earlier the thumb is what helps us function in working. Yahweh did not have Moses anoint the index finger to point at others with, nor the ring finger for status, but the thumb. No blood was applied to the palm of the hand to show what it held or possessed. Blood was placed only on the thumb. Thumbs grasp and they hold and they carry items in service and work. If you cover that thumb in blood, it is covered when you shake hands and make a covenant. It is covered at what you put your hands to. The blood on the big toe is covering the steps we take and being guided and directed by the leading of the Holy Ruach HaKodesh, His Spirit. The barefoot priest knew that his walk was being looked upon by others and judged more harshly. He needed the blood on his big toe to keep him from stumbling.
To be a man or woman of balance is to be a person of stability. If our equilibrium is off balance we fall over. I want to leave you with one woman’s balance problem and see if you can see yourself in this short verse.
“But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-41 NLT.
WHAT DID MARY HAVE?
“As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, SAT AT THE LORD’S FEET, LISTENING TO WHAT HE TAUGHT. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” Luke 10:38-40 NLT.
We need our thumbs and big toes to be servants. We need our ears to hear HIS instructions and we need to place all the distractions and cares of this world aside to spend time with Him.
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