Interested in seeing what the Lord said about hands I searched for the use of the word hand in the Bible. The ESV uses that word 1255 times. Sorry I’m not going to study every use at this time. Whew, I didn’t even read them all. There are so many uses for “hand” in the Bible, everything from literal physical “hands”, to the Lord’s “hands”, the Lord’s “right hand” and “hired hand”.
However, this verse is one of the early verses referring to hand.
Exodus 4:2 (ESV) The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.”
Notice the Lord here asks Moses “What is that in your hand?” Not that the Lord didn’t know, but He was getting Moses to notice what is in his hand. Moses had a staff, the tool he used for his work of shepherding. What do you have in your hand? What tools do we hold in our hand?
Funny thing is that when I looked for sermons on this verse I found so many that extolled the virtues of we as believers doing many things with the tools in our hands. Essentially man using what is in our hands to serve the Lord. “The Lord needs us to use the tools in our hands.” But notice the next verse of the passage.
Exodus 4:3 (ESV) And he said, “Throw it on the ground.” So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it.
The Lord commands Moses to let go of what was in his hand!
It was not until Moses let go of what was in his hand that the Lord used it to become a serpent. Moses didn’t use his staff. He let go of it and the Lord used his staff. What if the Lord won’t use what is in our hands until we let go of it?
Even in Proverbs we are told to open our hand; open it to the poor.
Proverbs 31:20 (ESV) She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.
It is so easy to keep our hands closed tight. But we are only commanded to cling to the Lord and not to our things or our tools.
Joshua 23:8 (ESV) but you shall cling to the Lord your God just as you have done to this day.