THE ARM OF THE LORD
"Who has believed our report? And to whom has
the arm of the Lord been revealed?" (Isaiah 53:1, NKJV).
This memorable messianic prophecy of Isaiah introduces yet another meaningful symbolism of
Jesus Christ. Here He is portrayed as the arm of the Lord. The arm represents physical
power and strength as in the case of the heavyweight boxer, the weight lifter, or the
sturdy blacksmith. The arm is used as a symbol of strength, power, and security. The
phrase "the arm of the Lord" occurs thirty-six times throughout the Old
Testament. It is used to describe the active, creative, and saving energy of God (see for
98:1; Jeremiah 27:5).
Employing this powerful symbolism to the coming Messiah, Isaiah asks, "To whom has
the arm of the Lord been revealed?" (Isaiah 53:1, NKJV). As one reveals his arm as a
sign of strength, so is Christ revealed as God's instrument for the salvation of the human
race. Jesus, the arm of the Lord, defends us in our conflicts, supports us in our
weakness, and gives us security in life's tempests, Sir Isaac Watts, in his magnificent
hymn based on Psalm 90, expressed it beautifully: "Sufficient is thine arm alone, and
our defense is sure." Christ is all we need when life's battles rage. Not only is
Christ our strong arm of defense, he is also our secure arm of protection and security. By
his strong arm He embraces His people in the secure grip of infinite love. This blessed
truth of the believers' security in Christ is further reiterated by Jesus' pledge,
"Neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand" (John 10:28, NKJV). That's why
we are safe in the arms of Jesus.
To help us appreciate the security and defense of the arm of the Lord, Ellen G. White
offers this comment: "If we lay hold upon the arm of Infinite Power, it will sustain
us through every conflict and discouragement of life, and will finally place a crown of
glory upon our heads, and bring us to share the eternal reward of the
righteous."--Signs of the Times, August 6, 1885.
My Prayer Today: Lord, may I never let go of Your mighty arm. Amen!