Stretch forth your hand!
Most of us are familiar with the account in the bible, when God brought out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt having been slaves for almost 400 years.
While there are many things we can learn from this account and many lessons, let’s have a look at what happened when the children of Israel got to the Red Sea.
Exodus 14: 14 – 16, 21 - 22
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.
22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
Verse 21 is a very interesting phrase. Moses stretched forth his hand, and the Lord caused the sea to go back. This is interesting. Moses stretching forth his hand had something to do, with the Lord causing the sea to go back.
How many times does scriptures tell us to “lay hands on the sick”. The same pattern applies, Moses could not part the sea, he could only obey the Lord “Stretch forth thy hand”, and following that, the Lord parted the sea. Wow!.
In the same vein, we are told to “lay hands on the sick”. Mark 14: And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Just as Moses stretched forth his hands and the Lord parted the Red sea, the Lord wants us to “lay hands of the sick” and they shall recover. In other words, the Lord needs your hands just has He needed Moses hands!.
The Lord needs your hands to reach the world that He died for. Stretch forth thy hands and see the Lord move.
3/5/2017 01:24:05 pm
This is so true, we are the body of Christ and the hands are part of the body. God, in His sovereignty, has chosen to work through people, and we need to be obedient to whatever He wants us to do.
7/5/2017 05:03:16 pm
Yes Matthew, very true. Thanks for stopping by.
3/5/2017 07:04:50 pm
It is amazing how God delights in using the hands of His followers to do amazing things... whether it is parting the sea, laying hands on the sick, or serving others in humility and love. Thanks for your post!
7/5/2017 05:04:06 pm
Yes Karen, very true. Thanks for stopping by.
3/5/2017 07:10:45 pm
It's interesting that God told Moses to stretch forth his hands for the sea to part. And Jesus told the disciples to lay on hands and the sick shall recover. God uses simple acts of obedience to accomplish great works through us.
7/5/2017 05:04:56 pm
Power insight. Thanks Pastor Frank for stopping by.
7/5/2017 05:06:01 pm
Thanks Kathleen, and you will return with testimonies.
26/1/2019 11:02:02 pm
Yes Roland, the Lord indeed needs us. Thanks for stopping by.
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