Summary: To have wholly devoted hands, we need to have hands like Jesus' hands.
A. Today we continue our Wholly Devoted Series.
1. We are exploring how to be wholly devoted to God with all that we are and all that we have.
2. Let’s review the two verses that have provided the Scriptural foundation for the series.
a. Jesus said: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30)
b. Paul wrote: “Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness” (Romans 6:13).
3. So far in our series, we have explored what it means to have:
a. A wholly devoted mind.
b. A wholly devoted heart.
c. A wholly devoted tongue.
d. Wholly devoted eyes.
e. And wholly devoted ears.
4. Today we want to explore what it means to have wholly devoted hands.
B. Let’s start with a couple of children’s jokes about hands.
1. Why did the one handed man cross the road? To get to the second hand shop
2. What did the boy octopus say to the girl octopus? I wanna hold your hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, hand, and hand!
C. Hands are a truly an amazing creation of God.
1. Each hand is made up of at least 29 major and minor bones.
2. Each hand has of 29 major joints.
3. Each hand has 123 named ligaments.
4. Each hand has 34 muscles which move the fingers and thumb: 17 of them are in the palm of the hand, and 18 are in the forearm.
5. Each hand has 48 named nerves.
6. Each hand has 30 named arteries and nearly as many smaller named branches.
7. About a quarter of the motor cortex in the human brain (the part of the brain which controls all movement in the body) is devoted to the muscles of the hands.
8. Sir Isaac Newton said: “In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God's existence.”
9. One person said, “We can land men on the moon, but, for all our mechanical and electronic wizardry, we cannot reproduce an artificial fore-finger that can feel as well as beckon.” (John Napier)
10. So, physically speaking, our hands are amazingly complex and useful!
D. It is also amazing what we can communicate with just our hands.
1. What does this hand gesture communicate? I love you!
a. A-ok or Okay.
b. Beckoning sign.
c. Clenched fist.
d. Fist Bump or High Five.
e. Crossed fingers.
g. Talk to the hand.
h. Thumbs Up.
i. V sign – peace or victory
j. Vulcan salute.
k. World's Smallest Violin.
E. It is also amazing how the hand has made it into our communication through the use of idioms.
1. We say things like: “Give someone a hand,” which can mean to applaud or to help.
a. All hands on deck.
b. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
c. Cold hands, warm heart.
d. You will be eating out of my hand.
e. Get your hands dirty.
f. We are making money hand over fist.
g. You have the upper hand.
h. I know it like the back of my hand.
i. You are near at hand, or won’t lift a hand.