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ARTICLE ... ANOTHER LESSON FROM PSALM 136, VERSE 12 ...
(TOMORROW, the lord willing, VERSE 13)
Psalm 136 is
telling us "how" God rescued the Jews from Egypt! From the grasp
of wicked King Pharaoh. Here's verse 12,
"With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy
endureth for ever."
God's "hand" and "arm" have just been mentioned! Never "hands"
and "arms," that I can find anyway, in all the Bible! Always
singular, His "mighty" Hand or His "high" Hand! Or His "strong"
gives us a pristine example, one of dozens in Scripture.
"O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he
hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy
arm, hath gotten him the victory."
actually, it seems, "helped" Israel out of Egypt! Hosea chapter
eleven pictures the scene this way. "When
Israel was a child, then I (God is speaking) loved him,
and called my son out of Egypt. I taught Ephraim also to go,
taking them by their arms." Teaching Israel to walk,
holding his little hands!
in our lives can also be expressed this way! As His using those
great Hands and omnipotent Arms to guide us through whatever we
many years later, can actually claim God's Hand being on him as
well! "Then I told them of
the hand of my God
which was good upon me." Nehemiah 2:18
And Jabez can
literally pray to the Lord: "Oh that thou
wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and
that thine hand might be
with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil,
that it may not grieve me!" Look at the capitalized
clause, from First Chronicles 4:10.
In the New
Testament Book of Acts, the "Hand of the Lord" is a Source of
Strength to his people. "And
the hand of the Lord
was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the
Lord." Acts 11:21, "power" on the preaching of the Word!
Once even, in
Isaiah 53:1, Jesus is call "The Arm of the
Lord!" Or so it looks to me. That whole chapter is about
(here in Psalm 136) did not speak of the "Eyes" of the Lord or
the "Feet" of the Lord or even the "Ear" of the Lord. Just His
"Hand" and "Arm," for some reason.
"physical" expressions are called "anthropomorphisms." What?
Descriptions of our great incorporeal God ... expressed in human
terms to aid our finite understanding of His ineffable Essence.
(To totally see God in human form ... one must look to Jesus!
Who is God's "express Image," according to Hebrews 1:3.)
Now back to
today's thought, God "rescuing" Israel from Egypt, from the
clutches of her enemies. "With a strong
hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth
behind, Canaan ahead!
So we believe
that God's "Strong Hand" and "Stretched out Arm" are still
available! Yes! No wonder then that Paul could confidently say,
"I can do all things through Christ which
strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13
professor I loved, a godly man indeed, used to pray: "Lord, made
bare Thy Mighty Arm, help us today." In other words, "roll up
Thy sleeves" and assist thy weak servants!
Where did Dr.
Henry get such an idea? "The
LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our
God." Isaiah 52:10
again, in another place, to our God: "Thou
hast a mighty arm: strong is thy hand, and high is thy
right hand." Psalm 89:13
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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