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(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."


Poetically, 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" Arm!

Psalm 98:1 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."

The Lord 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!

God's "help" in our lives can also be expressed this way! As His using those great Hands and omnipotent Arms to guide us through whatever we might encounter!

So Nehemiah, 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 the Saviour!

The Psalmist (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.

Such "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 for ever."

Leaving Egypt 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

A college 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

The Psalmist 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

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             --- Dr. Mike Bagwell


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