Friday, 22 November 2019

M Michele's Musings

Our Hands

Our Hands

Have you ever looked at your hands and thought about just how wonderful they are?  Probably not.  Most of us take our hands for granted.  Unless of course, they are injured in some way as to not be helpful to us.  Ahh, what if we were handless?  Where would we be and what would we do without our hands?    Hands feel, touch, caress,lead, guide, grasp, grip and hold just to name a few obvious capabilities.  No two hands are alike.  Every hand is unique to each individual.  Our hands can identify us, even if, heaven forbid, something tragic befalls us.  Our hands are an extension of ourselves.  Our hands help us every day in our lives to work and create. With our hands we can communicate our care and love for others through a singletouch or caress.

In Psalms 139:14 David states, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Hands are just one amazing aspect of how perfect God made each and everyone of us.  The details of our hands have intrigued me lately and it is my firm belief that God has truths tucked into everything He creates.  One of the remarkable things about hands is that theypoint towardGod’s order, mathematical precision and display biblical numerology.  Only a tidbit of the vastknowledge of this subject regarding the biblical meaning of numbers is relayed here.  I hope the little bit shared blesses you.   

We were blessed with two hands, one right hand and one left hand.  There is one God and one mediator for all men, Jesus Christ.  Our two hands were designed to work together as one just as God created man and woman, as one when wed, to work together in unity.  Two is also the number of Incarnation and Jesus is the second person of the Trinity.  He was perfect in his humanity and divinity.  Our handsconsist of one palm,four fingersand one thumb which equalssix, the number of man.Each hand has four fingers. Four represents the Cross, God’s creative works and our hands are part of our ability to create. The four fingers coupled with our one thumb equals five.  Five represents power, divine/special grace and favor.  One finger has three joints.  Three represents divine fullness, perfection, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Trinity.  

Between our two hands there are eight fingers.  Eight represents new beginnings.And our two hands have ten digits altogether.  Ten represents the perfection of divine order.  Four fingers have twelve joints.  Twelve represents the perfection of government, the twelve sons of Jacob/Israel and the twelve apostles.  When you include your thumb there are fourteen joints.  Fourteenrepresentsthe double measure of spiritual perfection as seven is the number of perfection and covenant and two is the number of the Incarnation.Two hands have twenty-four finger joints.  The number twenty-four represents the priesthood.  When you add the thumb joints there are twenty-eight joints on two hands.  Twenty-eight represents the leading of the spirit. Biblical numerology and God’s genius displayed in the human hand; it is an incredible connectionto ponder.“Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension; it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it.”  Psalms 139:6

When I think about the design and ability of the human hand coupled with the biblical meanings of the numbers I am astonished.  “Did not one fashion us in the womb?”Job 31:15b  “For You formed my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13 God had a plan and a purpose for our hands.The human hand is an amazing piece of workmanship.  There is none like it.  The palm, thumb and fingers of one hand, two hands or more all working together as one in unity to accomplish amazing and wondrous things.  When we come together with God in a relationship with Jesus we are one and yet two.When we give our heart to Him it is then that He comes and dwells in us, The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Trinity.  He gives us special grace to create for Him and His kingdom.When we come together as one in Christ we become His church, His people, His royal priesthood. “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”1 Corinthians 12:12 We are under his government and in covenant with Him. We just have to take His hand that is always outstretched to us in grace, love and mercy.  “Nevertheless, I am continually with you; You hold my right hand.” Psalm 73:23   

We must trust and join hands with Him in unity and He will help us to become what we ought to be. “For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13  Through Him and with Him we can do all things.  Our hands can be instruments for His gloryjust as Paul’s hands were,“And God was doing extraordinary miracles by the hands of Paul.”  Our hands can be lifted in praise to our wonderful God and Maker.  We were created to worship.“Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!”  Psalm 134:2 “So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.”  Psalm 63:4“Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven.”  Lamentations 3:41“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!” Psalm 141:2

And even though the human hand is remarkable in its creation and abilities, God’s hand far supersedes.   After all, we were made in His image.  The Bible has wonderful and amazing things to say about God’s hand; especially His right hand,Jesus.  “You extend Your hand to heal, and signs and wonders take place through the name of Your holy servant Jesus.” Acts 4:30“He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.”  Acts 5:31  “The right hand of the LORD is exalted; The right hand of the LORD does valiantly.”  Psalm 118:16  “The LORD has sworn by His right hand and by His strong arm." Isaiah 62:8a   “You have a strong arm; Your hand is mighty, Your right hand is exalted.” Psalm 19:1 “That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer us!”  Psalm 108:6"Your arm is endowed with power; your hand is strong, your right hand is exalted."Psalm 8:3 His right hand (Jesus) holds us tightly and securely. “Your right hand will hold me fast.” Psalm 139:5b   

He is the creator of all.  “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained.”  Psalm 8:3“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”  Psalm 138:8 "Surely My hand founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together.” Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.”  Psalm 145:16

We are engraved in the palms of His hands, “Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.” Isaiah 49:16 Can you imagine?  Engraved!  He has cut, carved, imprinted, stamped, branded, and impressed each and every one of us in the palms of His hands.  Our “walls” are continually before Him also carrying with it the same theme; to be permanently fixed in His memory.  “You hem me in behind and before, and You lay your hand upon me.” Psalm 139:5 He guidesand accomplishes that which concerns us. “Your hand will guide me.” Psalm 139:5a   “The LORD will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Isaiah 48:13 His hand saves, delivers and rescues.  “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save.” Isaiah 59:1a “Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners.”Psalm 144:7

Scriptures regarding God’s hand run throughout the Bible.Many reflect His justice, righteousness and vengeance.  The scriptures convey His awesome rule, authority, power and sovereignty.  "For the LORD of hosts has planned, and who can frustrate it? And as for His stretched-out hand, who can turn it back?"Isaiah 14:27 He is a God who loves and opens His handsto us all because of His great love for mankind and everything He created. “You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.” Jeremiah 18:6

Ultimately, God wants to work in our lives and hearts.  He welcomes our participation.  "Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.” Psalm 60:5 It is often portrayed that the potter throws the clay down hard on the potter’s wheel and then begins to roughly mold the vessel of his/her choice.  I believe that it is often the circumstances of life that roughly throwus down on the potter’s wheel of life.But with kind and gentle hands, our wonderful, loving“Potter,”picks us up from the hard places of life.  As we allow Him to work, He takes our lives, hearts and minds andlovingly molds, shapes and forms us into a beautiful vessel of His making.  As His sheep and children, we know His voice and He has given us eternal life.  We cannot be snatched from Jesus’ nor the Father’s hand. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one.”  John 10:27-30 27

We serve an awesome God whose hand is always working in our lives.  I leave you this from an old Irish blessing, “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face;  the rains fall soft upon your fields  and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright August 2019 ~ Michele LeDouxAbshire

 

Sources:

  • Hunt, Michal E. The Significance of Numbers in Scripture.May 2012. Agape Bible Study. agapebiblestudy.com
  • Jones, Dr. Stephen E. The Biblical Meaning of Numbers from One to Forty. 2008. Published by God’s Kingdom Ministries. www.Godskingdomministries.org

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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