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Thursday, January 5 2017
A Biography Of Jesus Christ: 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 "right hand" blessing was a custom of many ancient nations, including the Israelites (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria). The purpose was to assign 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" could be 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 "right hand" 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 A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation) that He had the "right" to sit at the "right hand" of God (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Ascension To Heaven).
"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.
"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.
Fact Finder: How did the Messiah's fulfillment of Passover, Pentecost and the Day of Atonement give Him the right to sit at the Right Hand of God?
This Day In History, January 5
1066: King Edward ("Edward the Confessor") of England died without an heir. It led to a succession struggle that eventually resulted in the Norman conquest of England.
1477: During the Swiss-Burgundian Wars, Charles the Bold was defeated and killed by Swiss forces at the Battle of Nancy.
1527: Swiss Anabaptist reformer Felix Manz, 29, was drowned as a "suitable punishment" for teaching adult baptism (see Anabaptists and Why Isn't Infant Baptism Valid?). The modern-day "water boarding" torture also originated during the Church of Rome's medieval "Inquisition" in which those who taught baptism by immersion, according to the Biblical Command, were partially drowned until they "repented."
1554: A great fire devastated Eindhoven, Netherlands.
1757: An assassination of Louis XV of France was attempted as he was entering his carriage at Versailles. The attacker, Jean-Francois Damiens was later executed by drawing and quartering, the traditional form of capital punishment used for those who murdered royalty.
1762: Peter III became Czar of Russia upon the death of Elizabeth.
1809: Britain and the Ottoman Empire (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) signed the Treaty of Dardanelles, also called the Treaty of Canak. Its main provision was that no warship of any power should enter the Dardanelles or Bosphorus.
1834: In an apparent description of a great meteor shower, Kiowa Indians recorded this date as "the night the stars fell."
1895: The public degradation of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in the courtyard of the Ecole Militaire in Paris; his uniform badges and buttons were cut off, and his sword was removed and broken.
1896: German physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered x-rays.
1909: Colombia recognized the independence of Panama.
1913: During the First Balkan War, at the Battle of Lemnos, Greek admiral Pavlos Kountouriotis drove the Turkish fleet back to its bases within the Dardanelles where it remained for the rest of the war.
1914: The Ford Motor Company made headlines by raising standard wages from $2.40 for a 9 hour day (about 27 cents per hour) to $5.00 for an 8 hour day (about 63 cents per hour). The invention of the timed and moving assembly line actually decreased labor costs per vehicle for the company, while at the same time raising wages for the workers.
1919: Spartacists in Berlin led by Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht attempted to take over the government and seized a number of buildings.
1919: The German Workers Party, later to be called the Nazi Party, was formed. It later elected an Austrian-born immigrant named Adolf Hitler as its leader (see also Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1919: The Soviet army took Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, during the Baltic War of Liberation. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania eventually successfully defended their independence from attacks from both Russia and Germany during that conflict.
1941: During the Second World War (1939-1945), British forces completed their rout of the Italians at Bardia, Libya (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).
1944: Britain's The Daily Mail became the first transoceanic newspaper.
1964: Pope Paul VI met Patriarch Athenagoras I in Jerusalem, the first encounter by the leaders of the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches in 5 centuries.
1968: In Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubcek succeeded Antonin Novotny as First Secretary of the Communist Party. His policy of democracy within a Communist framework led to the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union.
1972: U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered the development of a "Space Shuttle" program. The first flight took place on April 12, 1981. The program was terminated on July 21, 2011 after 134 launches and 133 landings. Two Shuttles were lost: Challenger from a launch failure on January 28, 1986 and Columbia from a re-entry failure on February 1, 2003. A total of 14 U.S. astronauts were killed in Space Shuttle flights - 7 lost in each of Challenger and Columbia.
1993: Oil poured onto the coast of northern Scotland's Shetland Islands after the 89,000-ton Liberian-registered Braer hit rocks in heavy seas. The tanker carried 84,500 tons of crude oil. A huge oil slick stretched 25 miles up the coast.
1996: Yahya Ayyash, the "Engineer," the elusive mastermind behind a wave of Islamic suicide bombings against Israel, was killed in Gaza by a booby-trapped cell phone.