According to the Scripture "the finger of God" indited the Ten Commandments. This Decalogue of truth is one of the first recorded codes regulating human conduct. Obedience to its literal and spiritual meaning is a steppingstone to the absolute standard which Christ Jesus set up in his Sermon on the Mount when he declared (Matt. 5:48), "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."

The power back of this great code of ethics was well understood by the Master. He was familiar with the ancient Scriptures and must often have read the words from Exodus (31:18), "And he [God] gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God." When he was confronted by the incredulity and infidelity of the people who witnessed his healing works and attributed them to Beelzebub, Jesus denied their accusation and declared (Luke 11:20), "If I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you."

The statement that the Ten Commandments were "written with the finger of God" points to the power of God contained in them. The touch of a finger is a gentle touch, a least contact, and this perhaps hints at the transcendent power expressed in the spiritual meaning of the Decalogue. Surely Jesus' statement quoted above might also imply that the least touch or contact with Truth is sufficient to cast out evil.

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