The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), July 28
Wrinkles and gravity change appearance, but fingerprints never change. An individual’s fingerprints develop six weeks after conception, and they are the last things to decompose after death. Not only that, fingerprints are always and only individual—no two fingerprints have ever been found alike in many billions of people.
Left on hard surfaces, latent fingerprints do not survive more than a short time. Left on moldable and then hardened surfaces, like clay and pottery, “plastic” fingerprints last as long as the object exists. Archeologists have found fingerprints on pieces of pottery dated during the Upper Paleolithic period. Though the identity of the potter remains unknown, his or her fingerprints are visible thousands of years later.
God leaves fingerprints, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of your hand” (Is. 64:8). God, as potter, leaves His fingerprints, not on hard surfaces, but on the lives of His people.
God leaves fingerprints in the garden of Eden when He forms man from the dust and breathes life into Adam. (Man leaves fingerprints in the garden of Eden when he sins. From that point forward, sin’s fingerprint marks all humanity.)
God leaves more fingerprints when He calls Abraham to Himself and promises him a son, a land, a nation, and a blessing.
Like the fine dust left by forensics detectives after a crime, the books Exodus through Acts capture the fingerprints of God left on the nation of Israel (and He’s leaving His fingerprints on Israel still).
Paul assures believers that God leaves fingerprints today, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
Two deterrents to leaving fingerprints:
- Distance prevents leaving fingerprints. Touch must occur.
- Gloves create a barrier between the finger and the object.
God bridged the distance between God and man when He fulfilled His Immanuel promise (“God with us”), took on human flesh, was born of a virgin, crucified as man’s substitute, and raised from death to life 2,000 years ago. Distanced removed!
The Father’s acceptance of the Son’s sacrifice removed the barrier mentioned in Isaiah 59:2, “But your iniquities have separated you from your God.” He transferred guilty man’s sin to the shoulders of His Innocent Son and declared that Christ-followers “have access by faith into this grace in which we stand” (Romans 5:2). Barrier removed!
The barrier and distance remain, however, until sinful individuals come in simple faith to Jesus Christ and receive Him as Lord and Savior. When they trust in Him, sin’s barrier is removed and sin’s distance is bridged.
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Is. 63:15-19; 64-66; 2 Kings 20:20-21; 2 Chron. 32:32-33):
The book of Isaiah closes with a final prayer made by Isaiah and God’s response. On what does Isaiah base his prayer final prayer? God answers and points Isaiah to what future event? What does this reveal about God?