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Friday, February 1st, '19

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GOD IN THE HANDS OF A MAN

"Pilate...washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person" (Matthew 27:24)

 

Spread out your two hands. Stretch your fingers wide, palms facing up. Are those hands big enough to lay hold of the Almighty? That seems a preposterous question but there are at least three ways in which the "high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity" can fit in human palms. First, consider God in the hands of a man. Jacob wrestled with the pre-incarnate Christ. Hosea said of Jacob, "by his strength he had power with God: yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed..." (Hosea 12:3,4). That defines the angel as what theologians call a theophany or Christophany. The angel said, "Let go of me", and Jacob fired back, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me" (Genesis 32:26). Faith held eternity in check. The Second Person of the Godhead could not move until Jacob's prayer of faith was answered, hence, God in the hands of a man. Paul urged, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life..." (1 Timothy 6:12) Holy boldness doesn't just touch the hem of His garment, it grabs hold with both fists and will not let go. Moses grabbed hold of God as an intercessor and hindered Him from moving against Israel in judgment. If not so then what are these words from Jehovah's lips, "Now therefore let me alone" (Exodus 32:10)?

 

Second, let's go to Acts. There we see God through the hands of a man. Fresh out of jail, Peter and John led a corporate prayer meeting, imploring heaven that by "stretching forth thine hand to heal...signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus" (Acts 4:30). God was "in" Jacob's hands but He worked "through" the apostles' hands. Jesus promised, "...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18). Look at your open palms again. He is in our hands working through our hands. I think of an old statue of Jesus in France after World War II. Its concrete hands had been blown off by Nazi shelling. Instead of repairing the statue they just put a plaque beneath it that read, "He has no hands but ours". Ever thought of lending God a hand?

 

Lastly, consider God on the hands of a man. Pontius Pilate has God on his hands. What to do with Jesus? That is the question every man must ask. All things are open and naked before the eyes of him "with whom we have to do" (Hebrews 4:13). We have to do with Jesus. We cannot simply sweep the Almighty under the rug. Pilate's wife warned him, "Have nothing to do with that just man" (Matthew 27:19). But you can't have "nothing to do" with Jesus. He will not be ignored. The elephant in the room of each heart is the Jesus question. The only way to get God off your hands is to get Him into your heart. Pilate chose to pass the buck. He called for a basin of water and washed his hands before the people, excusing himself, "I am innocent of the blood of this just person". That is where we get the cliché of washing one's hands clean of responsibility, but it takes more than a washtub to absolve duty. Look at your open palms one more time before we close. God is too big to be washed off one's hands. A decision has to be made. It is amazing how such enormity, such magnificence and vastness as God can be cradled between human fingers, but He can. He was in Jacob and Moses' hands, worked through the disciples' hands and was stuck on Pilate's hands. What about ours?


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