Like one who grabs a stray dog by the ears is someone who rushes into a quarrel not their own. Proverbs 26:17
Grabbing a dog, any dog, by the ears is not usually a good thing to do. Only an extremely well-trained dog will allow that to be done. Doing that to a wild stray dog, will most likely get a person bit very quickly. And that is understandable, because being grabbed by the ears is definitely annoying and can be painful. The dog is just protecting his own.
A lot of people like to do something that is just a dangerous as grabbing a stray dog by the ears. They like to jump into a quarrel that is not their own. People see a dispute between two others, and often will jump in to try to solve the issue, or defend one of the sides. This type of action is often done without the permission of either side.
When people jump in, they very seldom know all the details of either side of the issue. They only see a part and that from the outside of the issue. Doing this will get one or both sides angry with a person. As that occurs, a new fight will have begun.
Wars have begun between two different nations, because a third nation jumped into the battle without being asked to do so. Wars between two people can happen in the same way.
Some may want to say that they are just trying to stop a quarrel and are there to help out. While this may be true, it does not happen unless, at least one or both parties are willing to let it happen. Most people who are in a battle with someone do not want a third person involved. They want to be in control of their own lives and solve it themselves.
At the times that you see a quarrel between two people, the best thing you can do is pray for their peace and understanding of each other. Ask if you can get involved, but be willing to stay out of it. Seek God’s direction and wisdom in what to do. Don’t just jump in and try to be superman and save the world, it may backfire.
Don’t grab the dog by the ears.
I pray today that you will seek God’s wisdom and direction; that you will not be involved in third-party quarrels; and that you will show God’s love and wisdom to those you are around.
“Slaughter it, take some of its blood and put it on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet. Then splash blood against the sides of the altar.” Exodus 29:20
One of the requirements that God had made was for Aaron and his sons to be made consecrated holy to Him. They were going to be the high priests in the tabernacle for all of the Israelites. In the process of being made holy was having blood put on their right ear, right thumb, and big toe on their right foot.
Blood was the way God had chosen to cleanse a person and make him holy. Once a person had sinned there had to be a sacrifice for that sin. Until Jesus came, the sacrifice was animals. God used the blood to consecrate Aaron and his sons.
The first place that was consecrated was the ear. This is where the person has to hear from God. When you are not following Jesus, your ear is tuned into the world and its ways. It has to be cleansed of sin so that you can hear clearly what God is saying.
Next, the thumb of their right hand was made holy. Until you follow Jesus, your hand finds things to do that are of this world. They are sinful, selfish things. Once cleansed, your hands can find things to do for God. God wants you to be servant to others.
The last spot cleansed was the big toe of the right foot. This allows a person to go where God wants them to go. The Israelites were to follow God through the desert into the promised land. Today Jesus wants you to go out and be His witness and make disciples of everyone.
Today, you do not have to offer sacrifices of animals in order to be consecrated or made holy. Jesus has done that for you. His blood was shed to make you holy.
Have you allowed the blood of Jesus to make your ears, hands and feet holy to Him?
Are you listening to what God is saying?
Are you doing what God wants?
Are you going where God wants you to go?
I pray today that you will allow the blood of Jesus to cleanse you of all sinful ways; that you will live your life for Jesus; that you will hear the words of God; that you will do what God wants; and that you will go where God wants you to go.
“Then Jesus said, Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:9
Jesus had started talking to the people in parables. Parables are just stories of real life things with a meaning in the spiritual realm. Most everything in a parable will be a symbol of something else. It helps a person see something not physical or normal in a real way.
In this chapter the first parable is about a farmer sowing seed and getting a crop. On the surface that is what it is about. Many people will only see that and stop there.
A few verses later, Jesus points out the spiritual meaning of that parable. It is about how God’s word is sown out and some accept it and produce good fruit, while others do not accept it and do not produce any fruit.
Before explaining the parable, Jesus makes the statement about really hearing what was being said.
Words are very powerful. They can make something good sound very bad, and they can make something bad sound very good. Since that is the case, a person has to be careful to really listen to what is being said.
Look at politicians and what they say, and compare it to what they are meaning. Look at the articles in the news. Often they can make or break a person; make a person look good or bad.
How does this apply to the Christian? First, in the Bible, be sure to hear what God is really saying in the Scriptures and understand them. Read the Bible with understanding. Let God’s Holy Spirit guide you and open your ears to hearing what God is saying.
Second, really understand what is going on in life today. This goes for your personal life, and life in this world as a whole, starting at your local neighborhood, all the way to the entire world.
God is working in this world. Satan is also working in this world. Are you really listening to what is going on? Are you really hearing what God is wanting to do?
Slow down and listen to God, and understand what He is doing in your life and through you. Allow God to produce a crop in your life of a hundred times over what was sown.
I pray today that you will hear what God is saying; that God will give you understanding of His will; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.