Author: Monica Koch
As I was listening this morning to the scripture from Mark 3:1-6, I was reminded of 1 Kings 17:8-16.
We see that in both instances mention was made of the hand. In Mark 3, the man had to stretch forth his hand, and in 1 Kings 17 the woman had to bake a cake.
In both instances these people had to do something. The man had to STRETCH FORTH his hand and the woman had to take what she had and make food for the prophet.
James 2:14-26 says that Faith without works is dead.
A Man with a Withered Hand - Mark 3:1-6
(5) “And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other”
Stretch forth: (G1614) to extend: - cast, put forth, stretch forth (out).
Hand: (G5495) through the idea of hollowness for grasping); the hand (literally or figuratively [power]; especially [by Hebraism] a means or instrument): - hand.
Restored: to reconstitute (in health, home or organization): - restore (again). Reconstitue means (1) to build up again from parts; reconstruct; (2) to restore (dried food or drink) to its original state by adding water.
Whole: healthy, that is, well (in body); figuratively true (in doctrine): - sound, whole.
Therefore this verse could have read “And when He had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, He said unto the man, Extend your instrument of power. And he extended it out: and his instrument of power was healed as the other”
The Widow of Zarephath
This woman’s strength was only enough to gather 2 sticks, using the power of only one hand to make sure that she and her son eat something before they die. She was ready for the worst to happen to her and her son, yet she was willing to listen and obey the words of the prophet and to give away even that which she had, a handful of strength.
1 Kings 17:8-16
(12) “And she said, As the LORD thy God lives, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
Handful: the hollow hand or palm; figuratively power.
Maybe today you find yourself at wits end with your instrument of power all withered up or preparing yourself for the worst fate to come your way, because all you have left, is a handful of power.
But there is hope for anyone feeling this way, because Ephesians 6:16 says “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Both this man and woman had to do something. The one had to stretch forth his hand, and the woman had to bake a cake, but both had to reach deep inside and step up in faith.
I can choose to sit and remain in my circumstances or I can grab hold of the little strength of ability which I may have left and stretch forth my hand or bake that cake.
What moves miracles, healings and the like in our lives? FAITH! Ephesians 6 tells us that we need to do something, and that is TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH, and what does that mean?
Taking: (G353) from (G303) properly meaning up. In compounds (as a prefix) it often means (by implication) repetition, intensity, reversal, etc.
Reversal means (1) a change to an opposite direction, position, or course of action. (2) PHOTOGRAPHY – direct production of a positive image from an exposed film or plate; direct reproduction of a positive or negative image.
Shield: (G2375) a large shield (as door shaped); from (G2374) a portal or entrance (the opening or the closure, literally or figuratively): - door, gate.
Faith: (G4102) persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: - assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. From (G3982) to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty): - agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.
Assent means the expression of approval or agreement.
Therefore Ephesians 6:16 could have read “Above all, taking the door / entrance / portal to express agreement to authority, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
Walking in faith, means that we walk in agreement to the authority of the LORD through taking up the Door of Protection.
John 10:7 “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.”
John 10:9 “I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
What does it mean to stand in agreement to the authority of the Shield of Faith? It means standing in agreement with HaShem, the Name. Who is the Name?
Philippians 2:8-11 “And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (9) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: (10) That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; (11) And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Only by taking the Shield of Faith, standing in agreement with the Door of Authority, can we obtain the victory, deliverance, healing or breakthrough which we require. It is in and through the Name of Christ Jesus and by none other, that breakthrough takes place, for He is the GOD of Breakthrough.
The only way we will be whole physically and in sound doctrine spiritually is by taking the Shield of Faith and agreeing with His authority in and over our lives.
Our instrument of power is our Shield of Faith. Without the Word made flesh as the Door of Protection in our lives and without standing in agreement with Him, we will not overcome, for it is by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony that we will overcome.