Matthew 12:13 (New International Version)
13 Then he said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other.
Jesus says to the man with a shrivelled hand, ‘Stretch out your hand’. He is telling the man to do the exact thing we know that the man cannot do. The only information we are given about this man is that his hand is shrivelled. This is how the character is introduced into the story – no name, no connections, no background – simply defined by his shrivelled hand. This is all we need to know.
Jesus says to the man with a shrivelled hand, ‘Stretch out your hand’. And the man does it. At Jesus’ word, the man does the very thing he could not do. And in doing so the man is healed.
Perhaps again today – for healing, or to spur generosity, or fellowship – Jesus says, “Stretch out your hand”.