Wednesday, November 1, 2006

History On His Hands

When are bricks more than simply bricks?

Bricks are more than simply bricks when they have a history to accompany them.

A lady from my parents' church gave them a present; she gave them fire bricks (dating from the 1930s) from her mother's home. They are more than fire bricks to her. They are a connection to her mother. She wanted the bricks to be given to those who would use them and know the story.

Now Dad and Mom have more material for outside landscaping; the old fire bricks will continue to have a history with a new chapter being written in a story already stretching over several decades.

Child of God, you have a history with God. He remembers you; he has a story about you and he gave his Son as a connecting point to you. Of you God says:

"Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are continually before me." (Isa 49.15-16 ESV)

Of this engraving, Clarke says in his Commentary:

"This is certainly an allusion to some practice, common among the Jews at that time, of making marks on their hands or arms by punctures on the skin, with some sort of sign or representation of the city or temple, to show their affection and zeal for it. They had a method of making such punctures indelible by fire, or by staining."

Today, we need not fear of being forgotten by God. Jesus, as the Connecting Point between the God and man, is our guarantee of a present and future history with God.

Christ spoke of another set of engravings following his crucifixion, burial and resurrection. Jesus said to Thomas:

"Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe."
(John 20.27b ESV)

What is the only correct answer to such a glorious history?

"Thomas answered him, 'My Lord and my God!'" (John 20.28 ESV)