While reading the Gospel of Luke in Greek, a certain phrase in a well known discourse of our Lord stood out. From Luke 11:20 we read:
But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. (ASV)
εἰ δὲ ἐν δακτύλῳ θεοῦ ἐγὼ ἐκβάλλω τὰ δαιμόνια, ἄρα ἔφθασεν ἐφ' ὑμᾶς ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ.
This same discourse was recorded by Matthew:
But if I by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. (Matthew 12:28 - ASV)
εἰ δὲ ἐν πνεύματι θεοῦ ἐγὼ ἐκβάλλω τὰ δαιμόνια, ἄρα ἔφθασεν ἐφ' ὑμᾶς ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ θεοῦ.
Now, the phrase which stood out for me in Luke 11:20 was "the finger of God" (δακτύλῳ θεοῦ). To my knowledge—within the pages of the New Testament—this particular phrase occurs only once, making it quite unique. And to make it even more unique, in the parallel passage of Matthew 12:28, "the finger of God" is substituted with the phrase, "the Spirit of God" (πνεύματι θεοῦ).
I am not going to dwell on which phrase which was actually spoken by Jesus in its original context (scholars are divided on this issue, though I think it is the Lukan passage), but rather I want to focus on the fact that God, through His Holy Spirit, wanted us to realize that "the finger of God" is "the Spirit of God".
The phrase, "the finger of God", brought to mind a very special event recorded in the following two verses from the Old Testament:
And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18 - ASV)
And Jehovah delivered unto me the two tables of stone written with the finger of God; and on them was written according to all the words, which Jehovah spake with you in the mount out of the midst of the fire in the day of the assembly. (Deuteronomy 9:10 - ASV)
We know from 2 Tim. 3:16 and 2 Pet. 1:21 that all Scripture is inspired by God through His Holy Spirit; and in the above two verses, we learn that the Holy Spirit (i.e. "the finger of God") literally wrote Scripture.
There is also the unique event recorded in Daniel chapter 5, when:
...the fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace... (verse 5)
I sincerely wonder if it would be a 'stretch' to equate, "the fingers of a man's hand", with a manifestation/work of the Holy Spirit?
Anyway, just wanted to share some of my random musings...
Grace and peace,