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Hand (Manus Dei)
|The hand of God (Manus Dei) is used as a symbol of God the Father. It was virtually the only symbol for God used during the first eight centuries of the church. The hand symbolizes God's ownership of and providence for all of creation, and comes from the many references to the "hand of God" in the Bible. The Manus Dei may take other forms. A hand clutching five persons indicates God's care and concern for people. A hand with the thumb, index and middle fingers extended with the others folded back on the palm is a Latin form symbolic of the Trinity. A hand with index finger extended, middle finger curled to form a "C", thumb crossed over the ring finger and little finger curled into another "C" forms the letters IX XC, an abbreviation for the Greek name of Jesus Christ.
Ezra 8:21 There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. 22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, "The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him." 23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer. (NIV)
Deut. 3:23 At that time I pleaded with the LORD: 24 "O Sovereign LORD, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? (NIV)
|The harp is recognized as an attribute of King David. It has been used to represent the Psalms and all music and instruments that are used to praise and glorify God.
Ps. 71:22 I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. (NIV)