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At God's Right Hand

At God's Right Hand  We have a visual picture of Jesus healing, teaching, challenging, or on the cross in the Gospels as he completes his life work, but how do we see Jesus now? There are two pictures given to us after Jesus ascended into heaven in Acts 1. The first is of him sitting on the right hand of God the Father. The writer of Hebrews said, "When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven." (Hebrews 1:3b, 13) And, "a High Priest who sat down in the place of honor beside the throne of the majestic God in heaven."(8:1) Jesus also said to the High Priest at his trial "You will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God's right hand…" (Mark 14:62) The second is of Christ standing beside God the Father. David declared before King Saul that God was his "advocate." (1 Samuel 24:15) When John the Apostle was ushered into heaven which enabled him to write th…

Mercy

This is a person who does something out of the ordinary for someone in need. Jesus was asked by an expert in Jewish law the question "Who is my neighbor?" To which he responded with the story of a Samaritan who extended mercy to a man left by robbers on the side of the road. Samaritans were looked down upon because of their intermarriage with gentiles during the Assyrian captivity. Their allegiances flip flopped on a regular basis between Judah and rising empires. Because of this, Samaritans were denied by Zerubbabel the privilege of working to rebuild Jerusalem and its Temple. But, this good Samaritan came upon a man lying beside the road very near to death. Two other men, a priest and a Levite, who worked at the Temple in Jerusalem, passed by prior to the Samaritan and made no effort to help the dying man. But he "took pity on him…, bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then, he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him," payin…

Between the Cherubim

Reading through the Psalms brought me to Psalm 99 today and this verse: "The Lord is King! Let the nations tremble! He [God] sits on His throne between the cherubim. Let the whole earth quake!" (Psalm 99:1) All types of synapse are firing in my mind in reference to the third sentence, "He sits on His throne between the cherubim." Is there a fuller picture of this? Yes! We turn first to the description which God gave to Moses in building the Ark of the Covenant and the Ark's cover in Exodus 25:10-20. This was called the "sacred chest" into which the two stone tablets of the Ten Commandments were placed and later a sample of the manna which fell every day in the wilderness and the budded wooden staff of Aaron representing the tribe of Levi which was identified by God as leader of the people beside Moses. (Numbers 17:1-5) In the Exodus passage, after concluding with directions to building this chest by God, He said to Moses, "Be sure that you make ev…