Isaiah 62 speaks of ‘The arm of the Lord’ symbolizing His might and His presence.  As I read this,  I think back to when we tour the city of Bethlehem.  Mary and Joseph come by donkey.  We come by bus.  Enjoying the Church of the Nativity, we descend down into a large rock-hewn cave, traditionally Jesus’ birthplace.  This church dates back to 4th century AD and Constantine’s mother, Helena.

We walk Bethlehem’s streets, entering a shop where they sell olive-tree wood carvings.  You know that my sense of humor is not normal and a bit ‘twisted’!  One of the sales people approaches me describing in detail this figurine that is about 8 inches tall.  Wanting to be polite I listened.  By the way, the figurine has three arms.  All I could think to say to the salesman was– ‘you’ve got to hand it to him’!  Thankfully, I don’t think he got the nuance of my warped humor!

Reading Isaiah, this little figurine comes to mind.  How often in life do we need strength beyond our own?  For its twists and turns.  Where God’s arms are mentioned.  A tiny word in Hebrew–‘yad’– ‘arm’.

More than that.  Strength.  Technically, it’s used to identify the support structures that hold up the heavy bronze basin in the Temple (1 Kings 7:35-36).  This font, filled with water, would topple over without the ‘hands’ supporting it on all sides.  So would we without His help.  Life without Him would topple and crumble in disastrous flooding.  To rack and ruin.

Read Isaiah 62:3-4.  Let the arms of the Lord uplift.  Share these verses with someone who needs a helping hand from God.  We’ll need nothing more…to hold us up!

Lord, we need your help and strength.  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


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