What Are We Singing: Before the Throne of God Above
- Saturday, September 12, 2009
But there was another presence in the room, one that did not want me to take the necessary steps to reach the Throne of Grace and Mercy. I felt momentary shame mixed with fear until Jesus turned toward "it" and spoke firmly, "This one is mine!"
What Scripture Makes Clear Scripture makes it clear; Jesus - God the Son - is standing at the right hand of God the Father.
The LORD said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet" (psalm 110:1). This verse of the Scriptures, penned by David, is of such importance, the New Testament authors repeated it five times (matthew 22: 44, mark 12: 36, luke 20: 42; acts 2:34; hebrews 1:13; for further study, also read: mark 16: 19; luke 22: 69; acts 7: 55-56; romans 8:34). Further study shows that as the one standing at the right hand of God, Jesus serves both as mediator for those who boldly come before the throne and as High Priest in the order of melchizedek. While Satan has no place nor business in the Throne Room, we are assured by Scripture that he is there, ready to remind us of all we have done wrong and of our lack of worth to be in the presence of God.
I am reminded of one of my favorite lines from Gone with the Wind. Aunt Pittypat declares, "Yankees in Georgia? My heavens, how did they get in here?"
And furthermore - one can imagine she wonders - what on earth are they doing there? (They were burning the great state from which I hail to the ground; that's what they were doing!)
So, while Scripture tells us that Jesus stands at the right hand of God, it tells us there is another presence in the room. Zechariah 3:1, 2a reads:
Then he showed me Joshua (The NIV Study Bible notes reveal: Joshua. The same person's name is spelled "Jeshua" in Ezra and Nehemiah … Here he represents the sinful nation of Israel … The names "Joshua" and "Jeshua" were common in ancient times. The Greek equivalent is spelled "Jesus" in English, and all three forms of the name mean "The LORD saves.") the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you!" (parenthetical mine)
Zondervan's NIV Commentary (Kenneth L. Barker & John Kohlenberger III, Consulting Editors (Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, MI. 1994), pg. 1521) concerning this verse says: Although the scene is not basically a legal one, Satan's accusation invests it with a judicial character. The right side was the place of accusation under the law (psalm 109:6) …
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