Object Lessons

Beautiful Hands

Objects: Pair of fancy Gloves, several Rings, Bracelets, etc.

Have you ever noticed the hands of your playmates, boys and girls? Some are large, some are small, some rough, others soft as silk, but all very useful members of the body. Many people long for beautiful hands, and spend much time trying to make them so. There are those who try to make their hands beautiful by wearing rings and bracelets such as these (display), and fancy gloves such as these (display), but these are only outward adornments, and please the eye of man. What does God see, when He looks at your hands?

God's Word has much to say about hands, and often refers to the whole body when these members are mentioned.

First, there are the DEFILED or UNCLEAN hands. (Haggai 2:14; Isa. 59:3.) Anyone who has never received the Lord Jesus as Saviour and been washed in His precious blood, is in God's sight unclean or defiled. As I think of these hands, my mind goes back to the days when as a lad I attended school in Australia. When the nine o'clock bell rang we all lined up in front of the school house, but before we marched into the school room the head master would say, "Show hands!" The teachers would then pass down the rows of children and inspect the hands. Those who had dirty hands had to leave the line and wash them. One day a boy standing next to me in line only partly opened his hands. He was trying to conceal the stains on them. When the teacher finally inspected them he was told to go to the trough-like sink and wash. "I'm sorry," he said, "but I can't get the stains off."

"There's a brick by the sink," the teacher replied; "use that until all the stains are removed."

If God should some day say to all the people in the world, "Show hands," what would He see? All would have to hear the sentence, "Unclean." "For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God—there is none righteous, no not one."—Rom. 3:23.

But in Psalm 24:4 we read, "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord; who shall stand in the holy place? He that hath CLEAN HANDS and a pure heart . . ."

How are unclean, defiled hands to be made clean? God has provided a way.

We find in God's Word the PIERCED hands of One—and that One is the Lord Jesus. When He died on the cross for the sinner, His hands were pierced with cruel nails (Zech. 13:6; John 20:24-27).

When unclean, defiled hands come in contact with the Pierced ones of Jesus they are made clean. ". . . and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all unrighteousness."—1 John 1:7. Have you received Him as your Saviour, boys and girls? Then your hands have been made clean and you are safe in His pierced ones. "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hands."—John 10:28.

God's Word also speaks of the holy hands (1 Tim. 2:8). Hands that have been washed in the blood of Jesus are not only clean in His sight, but HOLY.

Defiled hands made holy by the Pierced Hands of the Lord Jesus become useful hands as they "minister in His name." (Acts 20:34.) These are the hands that are beautiful in His sight. Many hands, though rough and unshapely, calloused and scarred from service are beautiful to Him.

I once saw a lovely picture—a picture of a cross made of rock located out in the midst of an angry ocean. A woman clung to the rock and was safe, though the sea surged about her. It was called the "Rock of Ages." Perhaps you have seen it, too. I thought this was the greatest picture I had ever seen until a short time afterward I saw another, similar in many respects to the first one. In this picture a woman clung to the cross with one hand, the OTHER was stretched out to RESCUE SOMEONE else from the raging sea. This to me was the most beautiful picture.

Only hands made clean and holy by the blood of the Lord Jesus can ever reach out to really help another to find the place of safety.

"Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my bands and let them move
At the impulse of Tby love."—Havergal.

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