Regarding the modern Gospel account of Mark 16:18, what is meant by "they will pick up snakes with their hands"?
[Disclaimer] - In the ancient Greek Gospel of Mark found in the Codex Sinaiticus, Mark 16 ends at verse 8. * [Reference : http://www.codex-sinaiticus.net/] . - The missing verses of Mark 16:9-20 cause contextual questions about the validity of later editions (400 AD-Present) of Mark 16 manuscripts.
In the modern Gospel account of Mark 16:18 we read a strange prophecy from the resurrected Yeshua (Jesus) of Nazareth regarding His disciples' supernatural ability to be immune to snakes and poison.
Mark 16:18 [NIV]
"they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
The Greek Translation of Mark 16:18 rephrases "they will pick up snakes with their hands" and states : "with (ἐν) their (ταῖς) hands (χερσὶν) serpents (ὄφεις) they will take up (ἀροῦσιν)".
What does "with their hands serpents will they take up" refer to in parallelism with Yeshua's ministry and in terms of the future abilities of Yeshua's disciples?
Consider Yeshua's parable about a bad Father giving snakes to son in Luke 11:11 [NIV] : " Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a serpent (ὄφιν) instead? " - The point is made later in Luke 11:13 that Serpents (False Teachings) in reference to [Genesis 3:1-4] will be replaced with the Holy Spirit (God's Teachings).
In parallel to Yeshua's parables of Luke 11:11-13, the prophecy of Mark 16:18 is claiming Yeshua's disciples will metaphorically replace false teachings concerning God with the Holy Spirit through charitable works of their hands to feed God's children.