Cain struck Able with his hands.
Joseph’s brothers used their hands to strip him and throw him into a well. Later, those same hands were held open to receive grain from Joseph when they were starving; and it was Joseph’s hands that embraced his brothers and gave them food to survive. Just look at what we do with our hands for good or for evil.
Jesus’ hands were perched for our transgressions. He was wounded & killed because of our sinfulness. His hands were spread out on that evil cross to bring us to Him and for our eternal salvation. Evil hands cheered for Barabbas. David’s hands wrote the note that killed Uriah. Governor Pilate washed his hands.
We see people recognizing Jesus only when He opens up His hands…a blessing at dinner after walking the Road to Emmaus, or in that locked Upper Room, etc. We see how He touched people and healed them, raised them up from the dead, etc. Jesus touched the soldier’s ear and restored it after it was cut off during Jesus’ arrest.
Now, juxtapose Jesus’ hands with our own…
What about our hands? Where have they been?
On a positive note, our hands have:
• Loved, embraced, gently soothed, and wiped away tears
• Lifted up the fallen, picked up heavy loads and supported the weak
• Built things, provided shelter and been physically constructive
• Our hands have removed threat and evil to bring peace to the innocent
• Supported the sick and hurting, created healing methods and been tender
• We have used our hands to raise up our families, to support & defend our children, to protect them, and provid food and shelter
But our hands have also:
• Stolen what doesn’t belong to us
• Hurt and hit and caused injury to others
• Been dirty (not constructively as in building things) and supported unclean sinful practices and things
• Our hands have been clinched in a tight fist and raised up to produced hate, anger, and damage on people
• Our hands have supported evil practices and evil people
Maybe we can actually say that we are known by our hands and what we do with them. I suggest we all get on our knees, open up our hands (palms up) and pray for mercy.