The Finger of God
Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said. ~Exodus 8:19
The human hand consists of five fingers: the thumb, index finger, middle finger, ring finger, and pinkie. All five fingers are essential for grabbing and holding on to things. The one more prominent finger we use every day is the index, or pointer, finger. When the magicians of Egypt said, “This is the finger of God,” it was the index finger that they referred to. It speaks to us about God in His authority.
We see the finger of God and His sovereignty.
God told Pharaoh through Moses that He would multiply the frogs in the land as chastening for not releasing the Israelites. When this happened, there was an overabundance of frogs everywhere. If you can imagine, there was nowhere that frogs could not be found. They were on the ground, couches, chairs, tables, pots, pans, and beds. Frogs were everywhere. The magicians said, “This is the finger of God.” God was in control of this situation. God was the One Who made it happen, and He was the only One Who could stop it. Sovereignty points to the fact that God is all-powerful and always in control.
We see the finger of God upon the stone.
God told Moses to write the Ten Commandments on two tablets of stone. For us, we would need a hammer and chisel to carve writing on stone. God did it with His finger. Today, God writes on the tables of our hearts. He wants His Word to have a deep imprint within us for our transformation and benefit. May our hearts be softened and tender for God to write His Word in our conscience and heart whenever we read, memorize, meditate, study, and hear it.
We see the finger of God upon the stucco.
The Babylonian king, Belshazzar, hosted a large drinking party. He took the vessels of God that his grandfather had taken from Judah and poured wine into them. The fingers of a man’s hand appeared and started writing on the wall. We get our idiom, “Can’t you see the writing on the wall?” from this incident. God’s finger wrote out His judgement against Belshazzar. God told him that his days were numbered and that his kingdom would be taken from him. God’s finger points at our sin and disobedience. It clearly indicates when we have fallen and that repentance is required on our part.
We see the finger of God upon the sand.
The Pharisees took a woman caught in the act of adultery. They brought her to Jesus to see what He would do in this matter. Jesus saw through the hypocrisy of these men, stooped down, and began writing in the sand. He was fulfilling Jeremiah 17:13 which says, “They that depart from me shall be written in the earth.” First, I believe that Jesus was writing out the sins of these men. Second, when He stooped down to write the second time, I believe that He was writing the names of these men next to the sins. In effect, Jesus was demonstrating His righteousness and holiness. There is nothing that can be hid from Him. He was writing up these men for their sins against God the Father.
The finger of God points at us and reveals who we really are and what God expects of us. When His finger points at you, be sure you come clean and draw close to His side.
Have a faithful God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Ezekiel 9-12