There are many names that we attribute to Yahshua Messiah in the Bible; The Good Shepherd, Lamb of God, The Vine. All of these paint a picture of something wonderful about the character and salvation offered by Messiah. One that I had overlooked till recently is Yahweh’s Strong Arm, sometimes also called Right Arm or Outstretched Arm.
Colossians 1:15-17 tells us that Messiah was involved in Creation;
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
As does John 1:1 which reads:
In the beginning was the Word (another name for Messiah) and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
In these passages we get a sense of the closeness of God and Messiah, that they are One and they agree and work together in close unity.
The following passage in Jeremiah speaks of the Arm of Yahweh being involved in creation:
“Ah, Sovereign Yahweh, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. Jeremiah 32:17
We think of perhaps power coming through God’s arm and extending out and beyond His pointed fingertips as in Michaelangelo’s Sistene Chapel depiction of Yahweh, but what if it is actually speaking of Yahshua Messiah?
The first mention of Yahweh’s arm I find in the Bible is in Deuteronomy 26:8 which reads:
So Yahweh brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and signs and wonders.
We read about the angel of Yahweh also likened to a type of Messiah who went before Israel and often protected them. Angel is translated from Malak which can also be translated ambassador, messenger, of God. I see this messenger sent as though from God just as His arm would extend from Him and do whatever His will desires. We know that the Father and Messiah are One and perhaps the closeness of this relationship is again reflected in Messiah being the arm of Yahweh.
Who sent his glorious arm of power to be at Moses’ right hand, who divided the waters before them, to gain for himself everlasting renown, Isaiah 63:12
The verses that I first encountered as really speaking of the arm of Yahweh as being indeed Messiah are passages in Isaiah that speak of His arm in relation to salvation. Yahshua means God saves.
“Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: Instruction will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations. My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my ARM will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my ARM. Isa 51:4-5
Surely the ARM of Yahweh is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. Isaiah 59:1
Yahweh will lay bare his holy ARM in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God. Isaiah 52:10
He saw that there was no one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own ARM achieved salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him. Isaiah 59:16
Isaiah 63:5 also is very similar to the above verse.
Consider also this verse from the Psalms that reaffirms one of the functions of God’s arm is to work salvation.
Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy ARM
have worked salvation for him.
Yahweh has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God. Psalm 98:1-3
Finally, the New Testament quotes an Old Testament passage that confirms to me another name for Messiah is the Arm of Yahweh:
Even after Yahshua had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. This was to fulfil the word of Isaiah the prophet:
“Yahweh, who has believed our message and to whom has the ARM of Yahweh been revealed? John 12:37-38, Isaiah 53:1
The word translated arm (zeroa), can also mean strength, help, mighty, power, all words that describe our Saviour and what He needed to be for us. He is outworking the will of the Father. Perhaps this gives us insight into the relationship of the Father and Son.
It is the Father’s ARM outstretched (Yahshua) that first makes contact with us as described in Psalm 18, rescuing us, reaching down from on high, drawing us out of deep waters, and placing us in a clear open space. Is that not what Yahshua the ARM of Yahweh has done for us? He is the Arm of God in working salvation. He is able to hold us and draw us into the Father’s loving presence, relationship restored. That mighty Arm of God, no longer outstretched for those who belong to Him but curled around us and protecting us close to the Father’s heart.
May you delight in Him as you discover these and more verses relating to God’s Arm.