The hand of the Lord

sky-196400_640Isaiah 25:10: For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain, and Moab shall be trampled down in his place, as straw is trampled down in a dunghill.

The mountain being talked about in the focus verse is mount Zion, where the presence of God, the acts of God, will be manifestly seen and felt. Obadiah prophesied that upon mount Zion there shall be deliverance and holiness and the house of Jacob shall possess their possession (Obadiah 1:7).

Lest you think that means a literal mount, the writer of the book of Hebrews said that mount Zion symbolizes the church (Hebrews 12:22-24). He said we (followers of Jesus) have come to mount Zion, to an innumerable company of angels to the spirit of just men made perfect, to the blood of Jesus, which speaks better things than the blood of Abel.

The hand of the lord represents power. There are counterfeit powers in the world, power to put in bondage and not to liberate power; to blind the eyes and not to open the eyes; power to curse and not to bless; power to deceive.

But the real power is the power of God. Jesus said we shall receive power after the Holy Spirit comes upon us (Acts 1:8).

Jesus was sure that the least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist, who is the greatest among those who are born of a woman (Matthew 11:11). Being in the kingdom of God comes about by another kind of birth, spiritual birth through which we can enter into spiritual power more in the least of saints than in the greatest of the old testament men of God, including John the Baptist.

The hand of God came upon Samson and he tore a lion as if it were nothing (Judges 14:5-6). The hand of God on Bezaleel caused him to be exceptionally equipped in an intuitive way to create excellent work for the making of the tabernacle in the wilderness, intricate work of art, just as God showed Moses (Exodus 35:30-35).

The hand of God upon you is the manifestation of the baptism of the Holy Spirit causing you to be able to express supernatural capacity, get supernatural result as you become a tool in the hand of God. God did not get to use Apostle Paul without first filling him with the Holy Spirit. Through the laying on of the hands of Ananias a disciple of Jesus. The hand of God was on Ananias so that when he laid hands on Paul it represented the very hands of God (Acts 9:9-18).

The mandate is to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Not any man’s disciple but the disciple of Jesus Christ. So the onus is on those who disciple to fully represent Christ, to be fully merged with `his person, expressing his interest in the discipling process.

After Philip had invaded Samaria with the words of Christ, casting out devils, healing the lame. Afterwards John and Peter were sent to the town to lay hands on those who believed, that they receive the Holy Spirit, so that everyone who is a Christian will have the hand of God on her (Acts 8).

Also Paul met some people when he was in Ephesus asking them: did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believe (Acts 19:1-6)? Their answer: we have not so much heard whether there is a Holy Spirit. When they hinted that they do not know Jesus, Paul told them they needed to believe in Jesus, baptized them in water then laid hands on them for them to receive the Holy Spirit.

The hand of the Lord stands for strength. And the bible says that they go from strength to strength everyone who appears before God in Zion (Psalm 84:7). My interpretation of it is that every time you go to church or some other Christian gathering you should have increased in strength, emotional, spiritual, mental, physical strength, in healing, by the time you leave.

Not because you were specifically ministered to but because you have experienced the hand of God, you have encountered the flow of the Holy Spirit.

It was the hand of God coming upon Elijah which made him outrun the chariots of Ahab (1Kings 18:41-46). It was the hand of God coming upon Samson that made him into a one man warrior, decimating the camp of the enemy of Israel without “a sweat.”

When you find yourself going from defeat to defeat it means you lack strength in some areas of your life. The bible says those who know their God will be strong and to exploit (Daniel 11:32). Knowing God is about interacting with his strength, it is about being above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13), it is about experience powerful comebacks after any seeming defeat. Micah said: do not rejoice over me my enemy, when I fall down I will rise up again (Micah 7:8).

Like that, Jesus’ is the ultimate comeback story of all time. His enemy wanted him dead, his close associate betrayed him, his friends deserted him, and even God deserted him as he hung on the cross. He said to God: my God, my God, why have you forsaken me (Matthew 15:34)? Soon after he gave up the ghost, was laid in a tomb, the enemy thought they have the last laugh, having moved the mass of people to demand that he be crucified while someone else, a murderer, Barabbas, was asked to be freed (Matthew 27:15-23).

They set it up, but Jesus rose up on the third day. It was a set up for a rising up in power by the working of the hand of God; rising to have all power in heaven and on earth given to him (Matthew 28:18). He did not bother showing himself to everyone, even after he was raised up because he was not about proving a point to others (least of all his killers) but about fulfilling the mandate of God. So also in your “rising up,” you are to be careful to be on the journey of obedience and being yielded to God.

Just as Jesus rose up, his resurrection power is still available now to bring you out, to raise you up, to break of the chains on you, move you from the lower rung to the upper level, by his hand working things out, both covertly and overtly, inwardly and outwardly, instantaneously and over time.

The focus verse shows what the hand of God means, it brooks no opposition. They melt, and nothing stands before him. But we need to align our mind to him, agree with his working, with his ability to work in our case, in our situation. He wants the best for us. And when he brings his hand into a situation, it is to change it. And we are the extension of his hands. He said that when we lay hands on the sick they will recover (Mark 16:15-18).

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