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The Right Hand Man

There are certain thoughts that shape history. Psalm 110:1 is one of them,

Footstool made from elephant’s foot

The LORD says to my lord;
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”
This summary of the work of Christ was written 900 years before Jesus was born and it shows up repeatedly in the New Testament. Jesus quotes this verse to challenge people’s thinking about the true identity of the Messiah (Luke 20:41-44). Peter quoted this passage as the crescendo of his first sermon on the day of Pentecost to which 3000 people responded (Acts 2:34-35). The writer of Hebrews was obviously influenced by this thought because he used it twice. In Hebrews 1:13 he points out that God never said this about any angel. I 10:11-14 he points out that all the other priests in Israel’s history stood while they carried out their duties but the eternal high priest has sat down because His work is finished!
Since this passage has been so prominent, I would like to add three thoughts to the discussion of what this verse means in our lives.
God is so smart He can see the future. This is a clear reference to the resurrection. Centuries before the event, the bible declared that the Messiah would defeat death and rise from the dead. Jesus repeated it numerous times before it happened. He knew it would happen. He knew nothing could stop it. He knew that it would be the ultimate test of His authority. If He proclaimed the resurrection and it didn’t happen, nothing He had ever said would hold any weight. But, pronouncing it ahead of time and then carrying it out proved once and for all that He knows no limits.
God is so powerful He is patient. We all tend to panic and get anxious because we are afraid life will get out of control. We see the challenges of life and we fear that they will continue to get worse and worse. We feel a strong need to intervene, manipulate or work harder in an effort to prevent chaos from taking over. There is certainly some legitimacy to this because we are called to work hard and be stewards of our lives and the earth we live on. God, however, never experiences any of this. He has done everything that needs to be done at the time it needed to be done to accomplish every necessary result. He has not neglected any detail and He is not threatened by the schemes of men or the setbacks of human history. Therefore, He has sat down and is willing to wait for the appointed time when He will return and set up His kingdom on earth.
He is so full of grace He will give everyone a choice. Jesus is not in a hurry because He wants everyone to decide whether they want to be His friends or His enemies. An offer of forgiveness has been extended to every person. A choice between life or judgment has been clearly laid out. People of every generation have been set apart to declare the truth that each of us will face Jesus. Those who won’t accept Him will face Him as a fair-minded, impartial, unrelenting judge. His desire, however, is that we face Him as our Savior and friend so He is providing abundant opportunities for individuals to respond.
What a privilege it is to know God’s Right Hand Man!

One Response

  1. Yes, what a privilege, indeed! Far better than I deserve.

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