An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Monday, March 20, 2023

Arms and Hands

(Psa 98:1 KJV)  A Psalm. 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.

(Proverbs 20 also read)

Have you ever met the old sourpuss that wants to criticize everything?  When it comes to the Bible they want to be literal all the time, except when being figurative fits their narrative.  You know the type.  I have a friend who went off on a long tirade about the chorus “Majesty” because it talked about Jesus as King and King of Kings.  He claimed that the Bible does not say that.  I did not bother trying to refute him.

If people like that are going to be consistent then they are going to have problems with this chapter in Psalms.  It starts off talking about God’s “right hand” (3225) and “holy” (6944) “arm” (2220).  Since the Bible tells us God is spirit it is hard to see Him having a right hand.  Later on in this chapter you have God remembering.  Did He forget?  You have rivers clapping their hands and mountains singing.  What beautiful images.  Anyone with an ounce of imagination recognizes the existence of figures of speech and rejoices in the insights they bring.

So?  Don’t be a party pooper with demands for literal when the Bible is full of figurative.  Did Jesus rise from the dead literally and physically?  Yes.  That is made clear.  Does God have a right hand?  Only if He wants to.

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