“Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, ‘This is the finger of God”. (Ex 8:19)
Please don’t be alarmed! I am only seeking a Christmas gift. I am asking God to ‘give me His finger’, to effect replacement to my gross anatomy. I badly want God’s finger. Does God really have an arm, a hand and ten fingers like I do? God uses our context, culture and special situation when He communicates with us. He is a God of metaphors, imagery and color, for that is how He communicates with me. So, here’s why I want “the finger” and the whole works, the hand and arm too, for they are indivisible.
God’s outstretched arm denotes power and protection. The arm of Jehovah is outstretched and has protective power. God is ready to fight my battles—He is my chief warrior as He was with the children of Israel who were leaving Egypt–“I will bring you out…I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm…” I am claiming all that.
The Hand of God—God’s hand is often linked with man’s hands as the power of expressive action and fellowship. God uses man’s hands to express God’s power—the rod in the hand of Moses, the sling in the hand of David, and the trumpet in the hand of Gideon. God use my hands today.
The Finger of God—God’s finger denotes His power and His spirit as an outgrowth of His arm and hand. Power flows down through His outstretched arm to the hand and to the final destination of His finger. It is the finger that writes the Ten Commandments, and creates the lice of Egypt (gnats) in Exodus 8:19. The finger represents God’s creative power (Psalm 8:3— “when I consider the works of Your fingers…” This creative power is continuous from creation—God is still creating whether it be disgusting gnats to demonstrate a point, or a circumstance to rescue me.
I want even more–So today, truly, while I want the finger of God, I am prepared to take hold of His outstretched arm, for how can God give me the finger without the entire arm and hand? That’s what I want for Christmas, not just the finger alone, but the entire arm and hand. It is that same finger which casted out demons, created the world and wrote the Ten Commandments.
Conclusion—we have consecrated out bodies to God’s service—our arms, hands, and fingers are His because He made us. We are to be fingers, arms and hands of God in all that we do and say for it is God that embodies us and empowers us so that we can walk through the valley in peace. The GAAA choir will now sing for us with that thought. https://youtu.be/qeRx2J9-HFE