What is the significance of God’s right hand?

Author: BibleAsk Team


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Speaker 1

So Catherine is asking what’s the significance of God’s right hand?

Speaker 2

Catherine, that is a beautiful question. God’s right hand is mentioned many, many times in the Bible, especially in the New Testament. And when it’s mentioned in the New Testament, it’s mainly focusing on kind of a prophecy that was given about Jesus in the book of Psalms, chapter 110, verse two. And so I’ll go ahead and go there. Psalms 110, we’ll read verses one and two, just for a little bit of context. And it says, the Lord said unto my Lord so the Lord God said to my Lord so David is speaking here. So the Lord the Father said unto my Lord Jesus, sit thou at my right hand until I make thine enemies my footstool. And then it says, the Lord shall send his rod out of the strength of Zion. Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. So at that point Jesus would know have a special exalted position. And so this was a messianic prophecy. This was a prophecy pointing forward to Jesus Christ. And so you see this when you look in the New Testament, quoted many, many times throughout the New Testament. Jesus speaks about it in the books of I believe in the book of Mark.

Speaker 2

He says then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received oh, excuse me, this is talking about Jesus when he was received into heaven, that he is sat on the right hand of God in Mark 1619. So here we see that Jesus fulfills this prophecy. And then Jesus, when he was on earth, he spoke about this prophecy, saying in Luke chapter 22, verse 69, it says hereafter shall the Son of man sit on the right hand of the power of God. So Jesus knew this prophecy, he knew it was speaking of himself. And then in the New Testament Church we see that Paul as well as many others talk about Jesus being set on the right hand of God. We see it in the book of Acts, we see it in the book of Romans, and especially in the book of Hebrews, such as in Hebrews chapter ten, verse twelve, it says, but this man Jesus, after he offered one sacrifices for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God. So again, this is talking about Jesus being on the right hand of God. So what does that right hand signify?

Speaker 2

Based on what I understand and what I understand, especially in Jewish culture, the right hand is a symbol of strength, of power and of majesty. And so for Jesus to be set on the right hand of God, that is a position of honor, because only Jesus has that authority and that honor to sit in that position of sitting down at the right hand of God. Whereas when you look in the Bible, the left side isn’t really a position of honor at all. You see that in the old testament in the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter ten, verse two, it seems to be more of definitely something inferior. So go with me to the Book of Ecclesiastes. Excuse me, I’m having technical issues here. Ecclesiastes, chapter ten, and verse two. And it reads, a wise man’s heart is at his right hand, but a fool’s heart at his left. And so here we see that the left side, the right hand is more wisdom, something good, something beautiful, something worthy of honor, but it says, but a fool’s heart at his left. And so it’s something more deceitful, it’s something foolish, weak, inferior, unstable, something you don’t want to be associated with.

Speaker 2

So definitely the right hand is something of honor, of respect, of power, of majesty. And we definitely see God’s hand being a right hand of power and of strength. And I think the best illustration of this, and I’ll kind of close with this thought because I think this is just a cool thought talking about God’s right hand. So God tells us that he will give us his right hand to be our strength. And you see that in the book of Isaiah, chapter 41, in a very famous verse. I love this verse. It is honestly one of my favorite verses in the whole Bible. And it’s Isaiah, chapter 41, verse ten. It says, Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. Yes, I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. So God is speaking to his people that he will be with us. He’ll give us his right hand and he’ll uphold us with his right hand. But something even cooler about this verse is if you go two verses up to verse twelve. So go to Isaiah 41, verse twelve, and it says, thou shalt seek him.

Speaker 2

Excuse me, isaiah chapter oh 13. Excuse me, 13. I got a little bit messed up or mixed up there. So Isaiah 41, verse 13, my apologies says, for I, the Lord thy God, will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, fear not, I will help thee. So if God is saying he’s going to hold your right hand, so your right hand is your dominant hand, your hand, that’s stronger hand, he’s saying, I’m going to hold your right hand. So in order for God to hold your right hand, you then have to submit it into probably his left hand. So then you being connected to God. God is going to use his right hand for your strength, for your good. And so it’s almost instead of you fighting the battle with your own strength, with your own right hand, it’s now you just holding on to God, and God using his right hand to fight for you. And so like it says in the Old Testament, the Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace. All you have to do is use your hand to put your hand in God’s and hold on.

Speaker 2

Because God’s right hand, his righteous right hand, his hand of strength, power, awesome majesty, will fight for you. And so I just hope and pray that you continue in God’s word and that you hold on to God’s hand so that he will use his right hand to fight for you, to give you strength and to lead you in the right path. So, yeah. Jane, Wendy, any other thoughts on that one?

Speaker 3

No, that’s a great answer. I think that’s a topic you could write a book on.

Speaker 2

Oh, yeah, definitely. And there’s so many things, like God’s finger, God’s arm, all these things. I mean, there are different things. There are so many aspects to God and his amazingness that we could just keep talking about. If you just look at all these things, this finger of God. God does amazing things with that God’s arm. Like I said, God is infinite, and he’s just awesome.

Speaker 1

God is good. Absolutely.

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