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A fish, a coin, and a finger

January 8, 2010

Two pictures that God has indelibly etch into my heart and mind, that have been tremendous encouragement to me, are found in Matthew 17:24-27 & Luke 11:20.

The preceding deals with temple tax and Jesus’ solution.  The solution is the encouraging and yet unsettling part.  Jesus’ solution to the problem was to go fishing.  Inside the fish the disciple would discover a coin (the provision).  That’s nonsense to man’s thinking.  Certainly, Jesus could’ve reached into His man-bag and handed over a coin.  Then again, what lesson would be learned in that?

The latter reads, “But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.”  This is dealing with Jesus’ ministry to the demonized and accusations of Him working for the “dark side.”  The point is that it only takes His finger to achieve transformational miracles.  I’ve read recently that Jewish Rabbis have asked the question, “Which finger?”  Does God use His thumb?  His index finger?  His middle finger?  His ring finger?  His little finger?  The rabbis concluded, as I, that He only uses His little finger.  “When we are facing incredible odds, they reason, all we need is the little finger of God.  And Jesus overcame all the power of Satan and his demons with that same little finger.” -Ed Dobson

So, in my heart a picture of a fish, a coin, and a finger have been imprinted as a reminder that nothing is too difficult for God!  That’s been my pray for my life, family, the Church, and all those in need of a great miracle.  This is the decade of discovering “coins in fishes” and plenty of “finger sweeps.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Scottie Patton permalink
    January 8, 2010 10:08 pm

    Awesome words Pastor Shane. Just simply awesome.

  2. January 14, 2010 6:41 pm

    I love this. Encouraging and mind-imprinting truth.

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