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Thursday, March 12 2015
Psalm 110: Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?
"Thou art worthy ... After He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God"
The custom of the "right hand" blessing was known to many ancient nations, including the family of Israel (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria). Its purpose was a commission of responsibility, not blind favoritism based upon age seniority. While it was usually given to the firstborn son, because he was more experienced and established, the "right hand" was moreover given to the one who was best-able to do whatever was needed to be done.
The blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh (see The Adoption Of Ephraim and Manasseh) is a documented example of how the "right hand" was given to a younger son (as it had been for Jacob / Israel himself; see A Biography Of Jacob: The Second Twin, A Biography Of Jacob: The Birthright and A Biography Of Jacob: The Blessing) because he was known to be the best worthy of it.
"48:14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
The principle was known many centuries later when the mother of the apostles James and John (who were cousins of the Messiah; see The Kinsfolk Of Jesus Of Nazareth) asked Him to "Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom." The Messiah rejected the request from His aunt because it was not His "place" (yet, as we will get to) to make such an appointment, and moreover it was not a "place" for typical human cronyism ("favoritism shown to friends and associates, as by appointing them to positions without regard for their qualifications") or nepotism ("favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power").
"20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
It was only after the Messiah successfully completed what The Father had sent Him to do (see The Identity Of The LORD God) that He had the "right" to sit at the "right hand" of God (see The Christian Day Of Atonement: Past, Present and Future).
"5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins." (Acts 5:30-31 KJV)
Notice that the Messiah didn't just return to heaven and sit at the right hand of God. It was first declared "Thou art worthy" - the Father's Judgment of His worthy son (see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).
"5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
King David knew and lived the same prophetic principle: "The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool" (see King David's Zion Prophecy and The Prophecy Of King David's Messianic Throne)
"110:1 A Psalm of David.
Fact Finder: When the Messiah returns, is He going to beg people to vote for Him? Does He need any nation's permission to rule the world that He created?
This Day In History, March 12
538: Vitiges, king of the Ostrogoths, ended his siege of Rome. He retreated to Ravenna, leaving the city to the victorious Byzantine general, Belisarius.
1470: During the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV defeated the rebel forces at the Battle of Empingham.
1496: Jews were expelled from Syria (ironic, since Judah, the father of the Jews, was born in Syria of a Syrian mother; see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria and Who Were The First Jews?; also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1609: The Bermuda Islands became an English colony.
1664: New Jersey became an English colony, named after Jersey in the Channel Islands of England.
1689 The Williamite War in Ireland began.
1799: Austria declared war on France.
1814: British troops under Wellington captured Bordeaux in France. Britain put only a small fraction of its military forces into the Wars of 1776 and 1812-14 against the U.S. rebels; the bulk of the British army and navy was involved in stopping the spread of Napoleon's French Empire throughout Europe and Africa e.g. British Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French fleet at Trafalgar and Wellington's victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
1832: Charles Cunningham Boycott, the Englishman whose name is now synonymous with protest ("boycott"), was born.
1854: Britain and France formulated an alliance with the Ottoman Empire against Russia during the Crimean War (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1879: The British-Zulu War began.
1894: Coca-Cola was sold in bottles for the first time. As its name states, the original formula for Coca-Cola, which was created by a pharmacist for the Eagle Drug and Chemical Company in Atlanta Georgia, was cocaine and caffeine.
1912 The Girl Guides (later renamed the Girl Scouts in the U.S.) were established in the U.S. The Girl Guides were created in England years before, in 1910, by Robert Baden-Powell, a British Army officer who also created the Boy Scouts.
1913: Canberra became the capital of Australia.
1930: Canadian fighter ace Billy Barker was killed in a plane crash near Ottawa, Ontario. Barker was awarded the Victoria Cross for shooting down 54 enemy aircraft during the First World War. Barker was one of the top three fighter aces of the war, which included the famous "Red Baron" of Germany, Baron Manfred von Richthofen (the "Red Baron" was shot down and killed by another Canadian fighter pilot, Arthur Brown of Carleton Place, Ontario, on April 21 1918).
1933: German President Paul von Hindenburg proclaimed that the swastika and German flag be flown together (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1938: German troops marched in to "anschluss" ("connect") Austria, one day after Arthur Seyss-Inquart became the chancellor of Austria. Adolf Hitler was born in Austria.
1940: A treaty ended the Russia-Finland war, with Russia's demands for Finnish territory met.
1945: Anne Frank, the Dutch-Jewish girl who kept a diary of her wartime experiences, died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany at the age of 15 (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1985: The U.S. and the Soviet Union began weapons of mass destruction control talks in Geneva.
1994: The Church of England ordained women as priests for the first time - ironically, with the reigning monarch being "The Supreme Governor of The Church of England, the head of the Church of England was a woman - Queen Elizabeth II.
1999: Former Warsaw Pact members Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland joined NATO.
2011: A day after a major earthquake there, a reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan experienced a meltdown and explosion, causing a release of radioactivity into the atmosphere.