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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

God's Righteous Right Hand

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 3:1)

 So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 40:31) 

It thrills me to find scriptures that support each other, that probe deeper in God's word and reveal more of his intent and purpose for us. 

I'm not trying to make a patch-work quilt, but when the Bible addresses an issue, I want to learn all I can about it. Jesus sat down in Heaven at the Right Hand of God. At the time the New Testament was written, Paul and the other writers were sensitive to the value placed on the right hand. Left-handedness was considered sinister and certainly Jesus was seated in the most favorable position. The verse expands on the meaning saying that Jesus is the exact representation of God's radiant glory.

Isaiah gives a command not to fear and then he says why we should not be fearful. In the KJV the command is more forceful. I also like the chanting quality the King James translations gives the passage when it repeats the "I" phrases: I am with you, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you. There is also a power component in the last phrase "...uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.

Take his words and his placement of Jesus as your own promise of your place in Jesus. In Him. We are IN HIM. We are not weak or fearful in him. We are at his Right Hand with Jesus. Claim your place and yield to his proclamation.