[SW233] 05/27/2016 message notes by
Reverend/Evangelist Susan J. Wynn ©2016
You want all of God. But how do you get there? By having your ears pierced!
What do I mean?
— The debt is paid because it is the seventh year.
— And so, the slave is offered freedom and abundant provision from his master (Deuteronomy 15:17).
— But what if he does not want to leave?
Deuteronomy 15:16 “It shall come about if he says to you, ‘I will not go out from you,’ because he loves you and your household, since he fares well with you;”
— And his master presents him to God, and then pierces his ear to the doorpost of his master’s house, using an awl.
What is the motive for having your ears pierced?
Exodus 21:5 — love for your Master.
What happens when your ears are pierced?
You serve Him permanently.
Who pierces your ears?
What are the words of the pierced ones?
Sacrifice, meal offering, burnt offering, sin offering You did not desire, O Lord. You wanted my heart, and I have given it to you.
You pierced my ears, so I am a bondservant who serves out of love.
I have come to You, Lord. The Bible speaks of me, of one who serves You because You have poured out Your love abundantly in my heart.
And now, because I love You with Your love, I come to serve You forever.
I delight to do Your will. By my heart’s prompting, I bend to Your will and am pleased to do Your will.
It is because You have placed Your Law in my heart. As Paul writes, it is written on tablets of the human heart (2Corinthians 3:3), by the Holy Spirit.
What is the result of having your ears pierced?
— The Lord fills you with the Holy Spirit and God’s love and power.
— You become a bondservant (doulos used 13 times in the New Testament), your debt paid, but serving out of God’s love that has filled your heart.
— Your heart continually prompts you to do God’s will
Beloved, we are in a time that is even better than the seventh year. It is the year of the Lord’s favor, the year of Jubilee, when everyone who comes to Jesus is set free. He has paid the debt of your sin, by dying on a cross and rising on the third day.
Now He offers you freedom from slavery to sin. What will you do? Will you say, “I love You, Jesus, so I want to serve You forever?” He will pierce your ears, and you will become His bondservant.
But . . .
I submit that the truth that we can serve the Lord out of His love that has been poured out in our hearts to overflowing is not taught in most of the church.
I submit that many shepherds teach that it is impossible to love God with God’s love. (If shepherds haven’t become bondservants, they cannot teach it.)
I submit that, as a result, many believers think it is impossible.
I submit that, as a result, many believers have limited themselves.
I submit that, as a result, many believers are robbed of holy intimacy with God.
I submit that, as a result, many believers are left open to sin’s influence.
I submit that, as a result, shipwreck of their faith is possible.
But today, this very moment, you can give yourself entirely to the Lord, to become His bondservant.
I submit that now is the time to put away all outward acts, and let Him act upon your heart.
Ask Him to pierce your ears, and you will delight to do His will!