Where is the finger of God mentioned in the Bible?

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The Finger of God 

God is an infinite spirit Being (John 4:24). He does not have a physical body nor hold the same limitations as finite material beings. Therefore, the phrase “the finger of God” is a reference to His unlimited power in relation to humans. This phrase is mentioned in the following references: 

1-Moses by God’s power sent the third plague on Egypt in order to humble Pharaoh to set the Israelites free from Egyptian bondage. And the Lord commanded Moses to tell Aaron, “Stretch out your rod, and strike the dust of the land, so that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt’” (Exodus 8:16).  

After Pharaoh’s magicians attempted to replicate God’s miracle but could not, they declared to Pharaoh, “This is the finger of God” (Exodus 8:19). In ascribing this plague to the One whose power they could not imitate, the magicians acknowledged the greatness of the God of Moses above their gods. 

2-Regarding the Ten Commandments, we read, “And when He (God) had made an end of speaking with him (Moses) on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18).  

While the whole Bible is written by anointed prophets under the inspiration of God, the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17; Deuteronomy 4:13) is the only document on earth that was written by the finger of God. The Lord could not entrust its writing to any man, not even Moses.  

The writing of the Ten Commandments on stone (Deuteronomy 4:13) points to their eternal nature (Matthew 5:17–19). These commandments stress man’s duty—to God (the first four commandments; Matthew 22:37,38), and to his fellow men (the last six; Matthew 22:39). The two tables were preserved inside the Ark of the Covenant (Deuteronomy 10:4, 5), which was placed in the Most Holy Place in God’s temple (Exodus 25:10–22). 

3-A related verse to Exodus 31:18 is also mentioned in Deuteronomy 9:10, “Then the Lord delivered to me two tablets of stone written with the finger of God, and on them were all the words which the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly.” 

4-After Jesus cast a demon out of a blind and mute man, some of the skeptics said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons” (Luke 11:15). But Jesus answered them, “if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Luke 11:20). 

This same story was also mentioned in Matthew with the phrase the Spirit of God given instead of the finger of God. “24 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” 25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them:

“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. 26 If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? 27 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you” (Matthew 12:24-28). 

In the above passage, having shown the foolishness of the argument made by the Pharisees (verses 25, 26) and having challenged them with a dilemma to which they could give no response (verse 27), Jesus concluded the matter by saying that what they have ascribed to Satan is in reality none other than the power of God (verse 24). During Christ’s ministry, His miracles were done by the power of God (Romans 15:19). They testified that He was the Messiah, the Son of God. If people insist on refusing to believe in Him as their personal Savior, then they lose the benefits of salvation. 

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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