GOD’S OUTSTRETCHED HAND-1
Matthew 14:31 “And immediately Jesus stretched forth [his] hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
Peter cried out to Jesus and the bible says, “…immediately Jesus stretched forth [his] hand, and caught him”. The Greek word used for stretch as used here means; to extend, to project beyond the natural limit.
I once read a commentary that said the distance between Jesus and Peter was much. They were yards apart and there was no way a natural human hand can reach out to catch Peter, so what really happened was that Jesus’ hand grew longer than normal! The Greek word “ekteino” used for “stretched forth” also depicts that Jesus’ hand actually grew longer to save Peter.
Friend, hear this: God’s hand is still available to save and deliver, it doesn’t matter where you are, God can reach you when you call. His hand can grow out just because of you!
Isaiah 59:1 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened that it cannot save neither his ear heavy that it cannot hear”
Numbers 11:23 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’S hand waxed short thou shalt see now whether my word shall come to pass unto thee or not.”
The hand of our God is extendable! His hand is not shortened, it can and still saving millions on daily basis. If there is something you must rely on, it is God’s outstretched hand.
Now that we know that God can stretch His hand, what does His hand connote?
The Greek word used for hand in our focal scripture simply means “Power”. It is well represented by the Amplified Bible interpretation of Numbers 11:23.
Numbers 11:23 “The Lord said to Moses, Has the Lord’s hand (His ability and power) become short (thwarted and inadequate)? You shall see now whether My word shall come to pass for you or not” (AMP)
Beloved, what Jesus stretched out to Peter was more than just hand, it was “Power and Ability”.
To be continued…
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