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The phrase "the hand of God" appears nine times in the King James Version of the New Testament (Mark 16:19; Acts 2:33; 7:55, 56; Romans 8:34; Colossians 3:1; Hebrews 10:12; 1 Peter 3:22; 1 Peter 5:6). Eight of these occurrences refer in one way or another to the fact that Jesus is now at or on the right of hand of God. For instance, Hebrews 10: 12 explains that Jesus "after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God." The single exception is I Peter 5:6-7 where Peter called on suffering, persecuted Christians in the first century to, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you," In view of the fact the other eight references to God's hand in the New Testament refer to His right hand, it is interesting to consider why Peter simply called these Christians to humble themselves under God's mighty hand and not His right hand! Could it be because God is ambidextrous, able to use both hands with equal ease?! The phrase, "the hand of God, is one of many anthropomorphic expressions the Bible uses to describe God in humanlike terms. The use of these expressions in the Bible is never to diminish God or "bring Him down" to a human level. Quite the contrary, their use is intended to elevate our understanding of the great God whose greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:3), whose power is mighty and whose understanding is infinite Psalm 147:5), whose age is everlasting (Isaiah 40:28a), whose strength never faints nor grows weary (Isaiah 40:28b), and whose judgments ways are unsearchable and past finding out (Romans 11:3 3)! Finite human brains simply cannot completely grasp the infinite God!

A little boy named Bobby was staying with his grandmother who decided to take him to the park on a winter Saturday morning. It had been snowing all night and presented a strikingly beautiful scene. The grandmother remarked, "Doesn't it look like an artist painted this scenery, Bobby? Did you know God painted this just for you?" Bobby thought for a moment and said, "Yes, Grandma, God did it, and He did it left-handed." This comment confused his grandmother a bit and she asked him, "What makes you say God did it with His left hand?" Bobby said, "Well, we learned in Sunday school last week that Jesus sits on God's right hand!" You can't go wrong humbling yourself under either of God's hands! They are both mighty to save those who humble themselves in faith and obedience to the gospel of Christ!

By Dan Gulley,
Smithville church of Christ