Came across another one of those peculiar bits of text that I inexplicably could not budge from. I got stuck on Ex. 21:5-6 and simply couldn’t go any further. I broke out all the commentaries and reference materials I had and did some research into what I thought was going on here and concluded that there may be a shadow of the Lord here.
This is the text:
Exodus 21:5 But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ 6 then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever.
The OT is anything but silent when it comes to revealing our Lord. Though it does not proclaim the name “Jesus”, there are just soooo many shadows and types pointing towards Him. I think this may be one.
We know that when He saves us, we become slaves to the Lord (Romans 6:22) and His high calling…we desire to do nothing else but please Him and carry out His will in our lives. We become more and more transformed into His likeness day by day, from glory to glory. Apparently, during these times in the OT, a slave could actually love his master so much, that he would refuse freedom and stay to continue serving that master. His master was the greater joy than that freedom.
We also know that Jesus said that he was “the Door”…the Door by which we must enter to gain eternal life (John 10:7). The text says that the master would physically take that slave to a door or doorpost (don’t forget the blood that was applied to the doorposts in the Passover) and place the slaves earlobe against it. The master would then pierce the slaves ear with an awl into the door/doorpost. The slaves flesh was pierced INTO the wood of the door. That was a sign that the slave was in that masters service FOREVER.
Summation, our flesh is pierced, or nailed, into Him (the Door) signifying we are now His slaves forever, not because He has forced us to love Him, but because we just do.
This book never ceases to amaze me.