1Ti 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
1Ti 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1Ti 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
1Ti 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
1Ti 2:8 I will therefore that men pray everywhere, LIFTING UP HOLY HANDS, without wrath and doubting.
HOLY: G3741, hosios
- undefiled by sin, free from wickedness, religiously observing every moral obligation, pure holy, pious
Our purpose in this life, and for all of eternity, is to reveal God to His creation. Jesus Christ was a perfect manifestation of the Father. Therefore, the Apostle Paul told us to compare ourselves with Jesus Christ…NOT with each other.
2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
If we compare ourselves with other people, we usually can find people who are not as smart, not as strong, not as rich, etc., etc., and yes, we can even find people who are not as … HOLY as ourselves. However, when we compare ourselves with each other, we are shortchanging ourselves. It would be similar to an athlete training for the Olympics by comparing their progress with the old man living next door who uses a walker to get around his house.
In the Bible, we see the same common narrative over and over again. A common, normal, everyday person is plucked out of obscurity and then they are suddenly thrust into the supernatural. A common question these ordinary people often ask God is, “Why me?”
Moses: Exo 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
Gideon: Jdg 6:15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
Saul: 1Sa 9:21 And Saul answered and said, Am not I a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel? and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? wherefore then speakest thou so to me?
David: 1Ch 17:16 And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
Paul: Eph 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
It is obvious from reading the Bible that God does indeed exalt the HUMBLE:
1Pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Now let’s get back to HOLY HANDS. There is an interesting story in the Book of Exodus. While Israel journeyed in the wilderness, they were attacked by the children of Amalek. While Joshua led the battle against Amalek, Moses took his brother Aaron and his assistant Hur to the top of a hill to watch the battle. When Moses raised his hands, Joshua and the armies of Israel would have the advantage in the battle and when Moses’ arms grew tired and his hands dropped, the children of Amalek would begin to win the battle. Eventually Aaron and Hur each took one of Moses’ arms and helped him to hold them up, and the armies of Israel eventually prevailed over the children of Amalek.
Exo 17:12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
Exo 17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
While Moses’ hands were raised, the armies of Israel defeated the children of Amalek. It appears that God interceded on behalf of Israel, or did NOT INTERCEDE, and it depended only upon whether the hands of Moses were raised or not…very strange! Also, it did not matter whether Moses was interceding all by himself or whether he had assistance… as long as his hands were raised, Israel won. What do raised hands signify?
And He saith again in Moses, when war was waged against Israel by men
of another nation, and that He might remind them when the war was
waged against them that for their sins they were delivered unto
death; the Spirit saith to the heart of Moses, that he should make a
type of the cross and of Him that was to suffer, that unless, saith
He, they shall set their hope on Him, war shall be waged against them
for ever. Moses therefore pileth arms one upon another in the midst
of the encounter, and standing on higher ground than any he STRETCHED
OUT HIS HANDS, and so Israel was again victorious. Then, whenever he
lowered them, they were slain with the sword.
Wherefore was this? That they might learn that they cannot be saved,
unless they should set their hope on Him (Jesus Christ).
The Epistle of Barnabas plainly tells us that lifting up our hands represent hoping in the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. If we do not like to believe a so called “extra-biblical” source, we can also turn to the Book of Psalms.
If we look in the Book of Psalms, King David gets right to the point:
Psa 141:1 A Psalm of David. LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.
Psa 141:2 Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the LIFTING UP OF MY HANDS as the evening sacrifice.
King David plainly tells us that lifting up of our hands is the same as the evening sacrifice. “Lifting up of my hands as the evening SACRIFICE!” Could it be that David, the Prophet King, possessed a deeper understanding of the significance of raised hands than the rest of us?
Psa 22:16 For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.
Psa 22:17 I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me.
Psa 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.
Perhaps David explained the meaning of raised hands to his son King Solomon. When King Solomon dedicated the first temple, he prayed a special blessing over the temple and over the people who would pray towards the temple:
1Ki 8:22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and SPREAD FORTH HIS HANDS TOWARD HEAVEN:
1Ki 8:35 When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them:
1Ki 8:36 Then hear thou in heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, that thou teach them the good way wherein they should walk, and give rain upon thy land, which thou hast given to thy people for an inheritance.
1Ki 8:37 If there be in the land famine, if there be pestilence, blasting, mildew, locust, or if there be caterpiller; if their enemy besiege them in the land of their cities; whatsoever plague, whatsoever sickness there be;
1Ki 8:38 What prayer and supplication soever be made by any man, or by all thy people Israel, which shall know every man the plague of his own heart, and SPREAD FORTH HIS HANDS toward this house:
1Ki 8:39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men;)
We see that King Solomon expected that a man praying with SPREAD HANDS TOWARD HEAVEN should have a special significance to God…and it certainly does!
King Solomon directly links famine, pestilence, besieging armies, plagues, and sickness to our sin. However, if we confess our sins, and raise our hands towards heaven, and pray to God, He will be gracious towards us. Isn’t sin simply trusting in somebody or something other than God?
Raised hands signify the cross of Jesus Christ. Raised hands are universally recognized as the sign of surrender. Jesus Christ surrendered ALL FOR US! He left the throne of heaven to intercede for us, and to pay for our sins by being nailed naked to a cross.
Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
It seems a small thing for us to surrender everything to glorify Jesus Christ. No matter how great or significant our plans and our aspirations may seem to us, they cannot compare to God’s plans for us. Everything mankind has created and built in the last six thousand years is merely a castle of sand, standing only until the LORD eventually sweeps our feeble accomplishments away forever. NOTHING in this world is going to last according to the Word of God.
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
This world is NOT our home. Therefore, it should not be difficult to surrender everything up to God. We can lift up our hands and surrender our problems, and our troubles, and our hopes and our dreams. We can surrender our fear and we can surrender our sin. If we truly believe the Word of God, we should joyfully raise our hands and bless the name of Jesus Christ. Surely, like Moses, we are strangers in a strange land.
Heb 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
We have a heavenly home waiting for us. We have a city prepared by God that will last forever and ever. Why do we spend so much time and energy on temporal earthly pursuits? If we are willing to surrender our plans and we begin to focus on God’s will for our lives, we actually have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
Mar 10:28 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee.
Mar 10:29 And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
Mar 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Mar 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.