Healing and the ‘stretched out arm’ of God

In the Old Testament we read about the “stretched out arm” of God. When the children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt, God promised them, “I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments” (Exodus 6:6). And the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee” (Jeremiah 32:17).

The arm of God that redeems and saves, and that we read about in the Scriptures, isn’t the physical force of a physical God. Instead, understood spiritually, the “arm” of God symbolizes the spiritual and universal power of divine Truth and Love, which brings healing to human consciousness and reveals the kingdom of heaven on earth. For many of us, the bondage of today may ​take different forms than that which the children of Israel faced in Egypt, but now as then, it can include the slavery of materiality and sensualism that would weigh down and darken human thought, keeping us from discerning the freedom and harmony of spiritual reality. But no matter what bondage we face, God is present and ready to heal with His stretched out arm.

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