Strengthen the hands that hang down and the feeble knees, and keep making straight paths for your feet. This is taken from Hebrews 12:12, 13.
When Israel’s priesthood was installed, a ram’s blood was applied to the right ear, thumb, and big toe of High Priest Aaron and his sons. Leviticus 8:22-24 tells us: “Then he brought the second ram, the ram of the installation, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands on the ram’s head. Moses slaughtered it and took some of its blood and put it on Aaron’s right earlobe and on the thumb of his right hand and on the big toe of his right foot. Next Moses brought Aaron’s sons forward and put some of the blood on their right earlobe and on the thumb of their right hand and on the big toe of their right foot; but Moses sprinkled the rest of the blood on all sides of the altar.”
This use of blood signified that the priests would obediently do their best to carry out their duties. Similarly, High Priest Jesus set a perfect example for anointed ones and the other sheep. His ear was attuned to God’s guidance. Jesus’ hands were used in carrying out Jehovah’s will, and his feet never strayed from a holy course. John 4:31-34 tells us: “Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him: “Rabbi, eat.” But he said to them: “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another: “No one brought him anything to eat, did he?” Jesus said to them: “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”
Anointed Christians and Jesus’ other sheep must follow the integrity-keeping course of their High Priest. All worshippers of Jehovah must obediently comply with the directives found in God’s Word and thereby avoid grieving his spirit. Ephesians 4:30 tells us: “Also, do not be grieving God’s holy spirit, with which you have been sealed for a day of releasing by ransom.”
They must ‘make straight paths for their feet.’