Biblical Anatomy #19 - FINGERS
Today we continue studying in the series called "Biblical Anatomy."
Anatomy - is the study of parts and structures of organisms.
What is "Biblical Anatomy" you might ask? It is the study of the structure of the Christian Body (The Christian family/church).
Today we focus on FINGERS:
Finger- (Merriam-Webster) any of the five terminating
members of a hand: digit of the forelimb (especially
one other than the thumb).
Right from the beginning, our fingers and the sense of touch played a vital role in our fall from grace (see verse below).
".....but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
(Recently we studied how trees were also important when talking about our fall from grace in the Garden of Eden - click HERE to view "TREES - From the Fall to Forgiveness")
Fingers are so important in almost every aspect of our life. And out of all five senses, I feel that touch is the most important because it is the strongest. Let me explain, it has to do with a connection to those who we touch. Holding someone's hand; even just a handshake is so much stronger than just a verbal greeting or a visual nod of acknowledgement.
"Touch" was all it took for the following people to be healed in the following Scripture passages (well, touch accompanied by faith in Jesus Christ):
Don't forget that God wrote the 10 commandments on the stone tablets with His own finger! (see Bible verse below)
Remember when the corrupt religious leaders tried to trick Jesus and tried to get Jesus to say or do something that went against God's law? see below:
"But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His FINGER, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one
condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
I love how cool Jesus was - just ignoring them and drawing in the sand and seemingly ignoring the corrupt leaders. I wonder what He wrote or drew? The other significant point having to do with "fingers" in this Scripture passage is the fact that it would take our fingers to grasp the stone before throwing it at the adulterer.
Finally, and probably most importantly, the encounter that Jesus had with Thomas after He had risen from the grave. Doubting Thomas just had to touch for himself - seeing wasn't even enough for Thomas. (see verses below)
Let's not forget that our fingers are also a form of identity. I will end our study today with a quote from & a link to a previous post about proving that life begins in the womb.
QUOTE: "Since fingerprints are used to prove the identity of someone at any crime scene, then why isn't a fingerprint proof of identity in the womb? How can you say that we all have our own unique fingerprints but then say that a 6 month old fetus in the womb (with fully developed fingerprints) is not a unique human life?"
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