The finger of God vs The hand of God

. 19 And the magicians said to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God!” But Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, just as the Lord had said. Exodus 8: 16-20

. 20 “But if I cast out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Luke 11:20

“Surely My hand founded the earth, And My right hand spread out the heavens; When I call to them, they stand together. Isaiah 48:13

In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? Job 12:10

The finger is a member of the hand family. In fact, five fingers constitute a hand. Ten fingers create the power and miracle of the hands. We can definitely infer from scripture that we bear the DNA of God. He made mankind in His perfect image after His own likeness. The historical scriptural account of the creation of Adam and Eve (Genesis 1:26-27) declares that God made the first man and woman ‘in His own image’ ; we therefore deduce from this, that man has all the physical and spiritual attributes of God. Our Heavenly Progenitor has the whole world in His hands, He is the Porter, we are the clay. He has the power to shape and mold; He can break down any monument in a twinkle of an eye and rebuild in another second. He is mighty and strong! The hands of God can shake the whole universe and in another instance stabilize it. The hands of God are indeed strong and mighty.

The finger of God can however be symbolic of how God does not have to use His whole hands to prove His sovereignty over all things. Jehovah’s pinkie alone can turn things around. Every part of Him breathes out life because He himself is the embodiment of eternal life.  The finger of God is the GPS that guides His own people, leading them in the path they should take. Israel’s final exit from bondage in Egypt was an open show of a powerful God who refused to be disrespected. Pharaoh’s magicians recognized the finger of Hashem Adonai. They infact anticipated worse consequences from the mighty hands of the God of Jacob. What ensued after the initial chastisement was a catalogue of woes.

“When Pharaoh does not listen to you, then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring out My hosts, My people the sons of Israel, from the land of Egypt by great judgments.”  Exodus 7:4

“Behold, the Lord is riding on a swift cloud
    and comes to Egypt;
and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence,
    and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them.
And I will stir up Egyptians against Egyptians,
    and they will fight, each against another
    and each against his neighbor,
    city against city, kingdom against kingdom;
and the spirit of the Egyptians within them will be emptied out,
    and I will confound[a] their counsel;
and they will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers,
    and the mediums and the necromancers;
and I will give over the Egyptians
    into the hand of a hard master,
and a fierce king will rule over them,
    declares the Lord God of hosts.” Isaiah 19 1-4

Jesus the son of God also knew and recognized the power vested upon the finger of God. The Master said in the book of Luke 11:20

“But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.”

All He needed was the finger! No more, no less. That same finger of His Heavenly Father that wrote the Ten Commandments was used by Him to write on the sand when the woman accused of adultery was brought to Him. Twice He wrote on the sand thereby confirming His authority over the law of Moses, and the sovereign power to cancel all debts of sin. His finger was that of His Father; with that finger He controlled every thing on earth and in heaven. (John 7:53 John 8:11)

53 Then each of them went home, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.  When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, sir.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.”