My Lent Words 29: The arm of God

Zeroa is the perfectly normal word for ‘arm’, but when referring to God often means him taking personal, forceful action.

‘May the groans of the prisoners come before you; by the strength of your arm preserve those condemned to die.’ (Psalm 79:11)

‘Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things; his right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.’ (Psalm 98:1)

In Isaiah the arm of God seems to take on a life of its own which builds in importance as God rolls up his sleeves and works salvation:

‘See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power, and his arm rules for him.’ (Isaiah 40:10a)

‘The Lord will lay bare his holy arm…’ (Isaiah 52:10a)

‘Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ (Isaiah 53:1)

‘…his own arm worked salvation for him…’ (Isaiah 59:16)

Jesus is the arm of Yahweh become visible. The arm is God in personal action.

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