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Daily Reading: 1st September 2016

 

Matthew 5.8 cont.

Oh the delight of the pure in heart, for they will see God.

At this point let us consider some of the ways in which Jesus used His hands:

Matthew 8.3:

Jesus touched him. “I want to,” He said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared – (NLT).

Matthew 19.13:

Some children were brought to Jesus so He could lay His hands on them and pray for them – (NLT).

Matthew 8.14-15:

[14] When Jesus arrived at Peter’s house, Peter’s mother-in-law was in bed with a high fever.

[15] But when Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her. Then she got up and prepared a meal for Him – (NLT).

Matthew 9.25: (the raising of Jairus’ daughter)

When the crowd was finally outside, Jesus went in and took the girl by the hand, and she stood up! – (NLT).

Matthew 14.31: Peter walking on water:

Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and grabbed him. “You don’t have much faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt Me?” (NLT).

John 20:27:

Then He said (says) to Thomas: “Bring your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and put it into My side. Be not unbelieving, but believe – (NLT).

Our hands are something that we take for granted, and they are the means of us doing the majority of tasks, except playing football.

However, Jesus was aware that we do not have clean hands.

This is what He said in Matthew 18.8:

So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better to enter heaven crippled or lame than to be thrown into the unquenchable fire with both of your hands and feet – (NLT).

 

King David did not have clean hands.

God told him that he could not build the temple, because he had blood on his hands:

1 Chronicles 22.8

“But the LORD said to me, ‘You have killed many men in the great battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood before Me, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honour My Name  – (NLT).

The hands of David were not clean enough for him to build the temple of the Lord. Perhaps we need to consider that there may be certain things in our history that prevent us from doing some task for Jesus, though they do not prevent our being saved by His grace.

continued tomorrow.

 

 

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