God's Right Hand Man
Let's take a look at a scripture or theme rather that shows up in God’s word more than any other scripture. What does God want us to know?
Everyone should have a right-hand man. In the military, we call them a wing man. It is a unique relationship. It’s a Batman and Robin; it’s a Michael Jordan and a Scottie Pippen; a Sherlock and Watson. It is someone who’s “got your six” no matter what. What’s a six? Well if forward (your front) is 12 O’clock then your six would be your back side. It is someone who has your back. One who is looking out for your best interest; who takes initiative and embraces responsibility on your behalf and for the welfare of the team. Someone who holds you accountable, but is on board with your mission.
A right-hand man is empowered by the leader’s vision, and the leader wins because of the right-hand man’s level head. Even in single-person events like boxing and wrestling, they have their right-hand man/woman. It can be a trainer, an encourager, someone who pushed them to their limits when otherwise they may have given up on their vision, or not excelled. It’s the Mickey for Rocky, and the Pinky for the Brain.
I want us to take a look at the most important right-hand Man relationship of all time. It has stood the test of time through eternity and needs no other introduction other than, He is the right-hand Man of God.
Before we get to this Man I must confess there are a few things that get me fired up. Ok TOO Many things…what can I say, “I’m a red head, and I have a legitimate excuse. DNA.”
Anyway, I get very frustrated when people, most always those in the confines of the “religious marketplace” make blanket statements with no knowledge of the scriptures. Statements like, “We must be in the last days. It’s getting worse these days.”
Worse compared to what? Hitler and the Nazis? China and the communists? Slavery and the death of millions of Africans in the 16-1800s let alone the death toll of the civil war (Civil War: 620,000. ALL other conflicts including Revolutionary War, WW1 and WW2: 644,000)? Or how about the days of the black plague in the 1300’s that killed nearly 200 million people? Or 2000 years ago in the days of the Roman empire which ruthlessly controlled a majority of the known world with an iron fist, with torture, and crucifixion if you did not comply? Crucifixion that was perfected by the Persians hundreds of years prior to that and used by Alexander the Great to execute and display the bodies of his survivors from his campaigns? Roadsides littered with hanging bodies. Or how about the empire of Babylon that besieged its victims which eventually starting eating their children because starvation was so ramped?
Here is a news flash. God’s perspective is not ours, and God’s timeline is not ours, and we have been in the “last days” for the last 2000 years. Hebrews 1:1 “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,” This was written not long after Jesus’ time here on earth.
I’m exhausted with “the church” using “last day” terminology as an excuse and cop out to not be busy doing what needs to be done, namely loving your neighbor as your-self; tending to your fields and vineyards; plowing the plot that God has given you instead of being so consumed and worried with the affairs of the world and what we think they are or are not. Until we spend more time consuming the Word of God than we do the combined consumption of entertainment, news, social media, and politics, we should remain silent.
Let me now get off my soap box, and let us move on to the announcing of “God’s Right Hand Man.”
The LORD (Yahweh – God the Father) said unto my Lord (Yahsua – God the Son),
Sit thou at my right hand,
until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion:
rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness
from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent,
Thou art a priest for ever
after the order of Melchizedek. (read Hebrews 7).
The Lord at thy right hand
shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
He shall judge among the heathen; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies;
he shall wound the heads over many countries.
He shall drink of the brook in the way:
therefore, shall he lift up the head.
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”’?
If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy.”
Mark 12:36 (parallel to Matthew 22)
David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.
Luke 20:42 (parallel to Matthew 22)
For David himself says in the Book of Psalms,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”
For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,
“‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies your footstool.”’
having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end.”
And to which of the angels has he ever said,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Now the point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high priest, one who is seated at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven,
But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
“What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,
putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
(This is the first and last place it shows up in reference to us as the bride of Christ partaking in His inheritance. The scripture below expounds upon the importance of our role as disciples of Christ).
Matthew 21:18 In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he became hungry. And seeing a fig tree by the wayside, he went to it and found nothing on it but only leaves. And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.
When the disciples saw it, they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?” And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
John 14:12-14 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
Hebrews 2:8…Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone…Vs 14….that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. There-fore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
1 Corinthians 15:21
For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he (Jesus) must reign until he (God) has put all his enemies under his (Jesus’) feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death. For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.
We see can see clearly through the other scriptures that Jesus is reigning at the right hand of God through His church. God the Father through Jesus’ obedience in redeeming a bride (like a man marrying and making his wife the majority owner of his company) is through this bride conquering all authority, all rule, and all power and subduing it under His son’s feet. It is as if the Father is saying, “Son, great job! You did exactly what I asked. Sit here and watch what I will do with your sacrifice of obedience. Watch how I’m going to restore not only all these kingdoms that you would not take from the temptation of Satan back to you, but also give you back the apple of your eye. Your bride, who is going to be the one (who failed at first) that will be empowered by your sacrifice, and subdue Satan’s rule, and put everything back in order.”
The Creator of the universe; His singular desire is to be reunited, reconciled with His creation; a creation that we screwed up. “The whole creation groans waiting for,” what? “…the adoption...” When we make disciples (gentiles getting adopted into the family of God) of all nations, those disciples reconcile the creation.
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
This reconciliation can only be accomplished when his creation is purged of sin. A Holy God cannot inhabit a dirty house. The root cause of sin, is SELF; putting self before the will of God is the essence of sin. Self-love in the form of conceit; self-degradation in the form of insecurity; self-aggrandizement in the form of seeking money and promotion at any cost; self-willed by pursuing pleasure instead of responsibility and God’s will.
Every one of us is or has been an enemy of God.
“You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
Selfishness is the opposite of subjection and Jesus came to demonstrate how enemies are subjected. Not by force, but by love. Love speaks the truth when it is difficult. Love is gritty in the form of integrity; Love is hard in the form of patiently enduring trials like a diamond being formed under the weight of billions of tons of earth. Love stands for right when no one else will stand.
In Daniel chapter 3 Shadrack, Meshack, and Abendego stood when everyone else would not. They stood knowing full well the consequence of their decision. And because they stood for what was right their actions changed the course of a nation and changed the hearts and minds of countless individuals. Thousands perhaps millions of souls have been affected through the ripple effect of these three men choosing to stand when everyone else bowed the knee to a false notion of who God was.
Only the power of the Holy Spirit living in you gives you the ability to love your enemies, to resist temptation, to take the way of escape. This love and commitment to God is the agent of change. When one refuses to subject themselves to this demonstration of the love of God through an individual living in obedience to the Gospel (which is an extension of God’s mercy and goodwill) it will provoke the justice of God. Again, it is the demonstration of love that will provoke the change of heart OR the wrath of God. And my friend you do not want to be on the receiving end of God’s Justice. The enemies of God will be subjected to Christ either willingly or by God’s wrath towards those who reject His most costly and free gift; the death of His Son in order to restore your inheritance. Every knee will bow before him.
Who told this long ago?
Who declared it of old?
Was it not I, the Lord?
And there is no other god besides me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
there is none besides me.
“Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.
By myself I have sworn;
from my mouth has gone out in righteousness
a word that shall not return:
To me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
“Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me,
are righteousness and strength;
to him shall come and be ashamed
all who were incensed against him.
1 John 3:7-10 ESV
Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's[b] seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
God’s Right Hand man is not condemning you, but is calling out to you to being his Right Hand. An agent of change is this world that is being restored. The last enemy to be destroyed is death and then our Hero will present the kingdom unto the Father. (1Corinthians 15:24-26) Seek first this kingdom of God… and be encouraged that we are on the winning side, and as far as I can tell, things will get better and better as the church changes her mind about who she is in this plan to subdue the earth, to be the little leaven that leavens the whole lump, to be the little mustard seed that covers the whole earth, to help cover the earth with the knowledge of Yahweh as the waters cover the sea.
Isaiah 11: 1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord— 3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears; 4 but with righteousness he will judge the needy, with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. 5 Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.
6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.