Day Twenty-Three, Exodus 5-8
I would just like to point out what a pivotal moment this is in the history of the Israelites. God is about to fulfill a promise to them. (God always keeps his promises. Always. Can I get an amen?) But before He does, He is going to make sure that there is no doubt that He is the LORD, and there is none other like Him.
After plagues of blood, frogs, gnats, flies, death of livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness, and finally, the death of the firstborn, Pharaoh finally agrees to let the Israelites go. But only after the Lord has brought down each of these calamaties on Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm.
Those phrases, "mighty hand" and "outstretched arm" are found repeatedly in the Old Testament...approximatey 15-20 more times! Each time, they are recounting and encouraged not to forget this pivotal time in the history of the Israelites, when the LORD delivered them.
"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the LORD of lords. His love endures forever...to Him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt. His love endures forever. And brought Israel out from among them. His love endures forever. With a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. His love endures forever."--Ps. 136:1-3,10-12