by Rex Yancey

The Sermon Of The Hands
Rex Yancey

The human hand is wonderful. Years ago, a surgeon in England seemed to almost have wonder working power in his hands. When he resigned from the Royal Infirmary, a beautiful caste was made of them and placed in a glass case in the Liverpool Medical Institute. If a surgeon's hands could be so noteworthy, how much more wonderful must have been the hands of Jesus.
The hand is the silent voice. Next to the tongue the hands do a great deal of speaking. Most preachers would smother to death if they had their hands tied behind them.
Several years ago, I cut three fingers badly in an accident. I told the emergency room doctor that I could lose any of those fingers except the index finger on my right hand. I needed that one to point when I preach.
The hands enforce what is uttered by the tongue. If one is preaching on the compassion of Jesus, he shouldn't beat his hands on the pulpit.
Our hearing impaired friends communicate with their hands. The hand is the member of the body that ministers to the rest of the body.
Jesus' hands ministered to every aspect of human need. Little children knew of the tenderness of his hands. The blind responded to the power in those hands. Fevered brows felt the coolness of those hands. Even the dead lived at the touch of His hands.
Hands are illustrative of power: 2 Kings 13:5 "And the Lord gave Israel a savior, so that they went out from under the hand of the Syrians: and the children of Israel dwelt in their tents, as beforetime."
Hands are illustrative of rebellion: 2 Samuel 20:21 "The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name hath lifted up his hand against the king…"
Hands are illustrative of liberality: Deuteronomy 15:8 "But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shall surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanted."
Hands are illustrative of blessing: Genesis 48:13 "And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his ri ...

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