He Left The Ears For Us

Terribly wounded though counting it a joy on our behalf (Hebrews 12:2) almost every part of the Lord Jesus’ body was pierced (John 19:37) in one way or another due to our sin:

His hands and feet by nails.

His head by thorns.

His back and torso by the scourging tools.

His side by a spear.

But one point that needs to be pierced was left for us – our own ear!

Under the Law of Moses a slave who chose to stay with his or her master past the time of required service could come before the area judges and allow the master to pierce their ear thus symbolizing their willingness to live out their position in life as a lifelong servant to the master’s house (Exodus 21:6; Deuteronomy 15:17).

It’s an analogy that only goes so far since Jesus requires a lifelong servitude from the beginning but the point can still be seen that a pierced body in exchange for a pierced ear is much more than a good deal – it’s a deal that leads to an eternal home in Heaven. EA

For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – NKJV)

But now, being free from sin, and having been made servants to God, you have your fruit in that which is holy, and the end is eternal life.” (Romans 6:22 – BBE)


  1. Wow, the great exchange!! That’s a powerful concept my brother for some reason or other that has never come across my mind. Thanks once again, job well done. To God Be The Glory!!

    1. The “Great Exchange.” I like that. Sums it up really well. I remember hearing about the concept several years ago when I took a class on Exodus. It’s always been one of those thoughts in the back of my mind since then. Have a blessed day brother.

    1. I was wondering if anybody would ask that…the ole’ needle gun probably won’t sting as much as an awl did, as for which ear I can’t really think of a witty remark so I guess you’ll have to ask a teenager which one would make you look cooler, although they will probably suggest a nose ring over an ear ring – then you’ll be on your own with that one.

      1. I’ve heard said that “left is right and right is wrong and both means you’re confused!” :) But biblically, I remember reading somewhere that it would be the right ear that would be pierced. I guess I’ll just keep mine the way God gave them to me. :)

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