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    Who sits at the left hand of God? Supporting scripture?

  • #2
    To my knowledge the Bible does not tell us who is at God's Left hand

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    • #3
      I agree. The scriptures don't tell us who sits at the left hand of God. We know that Jesus now sits at the right hand of God. For some reason I was reading Mark 10:40 and happened to think of the following scriptures telling us of Jesus being at the right hand of God and for the first time I happened to think "well, who is at the left hand". I think I had always thought that would be the Holy Spirit but when I started doing research I found out there is not a consensus. Some commentaries say "the right hand of God" is not meant in a directional sense.

      In Ephesians 1:20 and Romans 8:34 Paul tells us of Jesus being at the right hand of God.

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      • #4
        Possibly the space is for the Holy Spirit when He returns to Heaven
        BelovedChild

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        • #5
          I concur with what others have said, Scripture doesn't specify. Actually, I always thought that Jesus being at the "right hand of the Father" was a metaphorical way to emphasize Christ's Lordship, it was a way to put it into human understanding.
          I mean, does God actually have a literal right and a left hand?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by KingdomSeeker View Post
            I concur with what others have said, Scripture doesn't specify. Actually, I always thought that Jesus being at the "right hand of the Father" was a metaphorical way to emphasize Christ's Lordship, it was a way to put it into human understanding.
            I mean, does God actually have a literal right and a left hand?

            I agree. Does God actually have a literal right and left hand? Some commentaries suggest that the expression was used simply to imply the place of honor (seated on the right hand). The place of honor is always considered on the right side.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KingdomSeeker View Post
              it was a way to put it into human understanding.
              Don't panic! Just be Rapture Ready.

              Joel 3:2

              I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by MsSophie View Post
                Who sits at the left hand of God? Supporting scripture?
                The right hand is "symbolic" (if that's an appropriate term) for might and power. So in the Old Testament you see the Lord's "right hand" leading Israel through the wilderness (Is 63) or the Lord's right hand delivering people or the Lord's right hand making war (Ex 15:12-16, Ps 89:13, Ps 118:16). It's the rough equivalent of the "Arm of the Lord". The Arm of the Lord is also a way about speaking of His power and might.

                In the bible, I don't recall it ever even mentioning a left hand of the Lord. The simple reason is that it doesn't mean anything to them.

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                • #9
                  Thank you everyone for the replies. Jesus' words from Mark 10:40 started me thinking of who is sitting at the left hand of God. Even though this particular scripture is not referring to the same thing it indicates Jesus does think of the left and right.

                  Mark 10:40

                  "But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared." Does this refer to the sheep and goats at judgement?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by MsSophie View Post
                    Thank you everyone for the replies. Jesus' words from Mark 10:40 started me thinking of who is sitting at the left hand of God. Even though this particular scripture is not referring to the same thing it indicates Jesus does think of the left and right.

                    Mark 10:40

                    "But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared." Does this refer to the sheep and goats at judgement?
                    The right hand is symbolic of honor, and the left hand of dishonor. Dexter vs. Sinister.

                    No one would be seated at God's left hand. The only exception to that would be the King's Queen. They would be considered as one 'object', so no one would be seated to the Queen's left.
                    The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
                    Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.
                    (Psa 19:1b-2)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Hootmon View Post
                      The right hand is symbolic of honor, and the left hand of dishonor. Dexter vs. Sinister.
                      No one would be seated at God's left hand. The only exception to that would be the King's Queen. They would be considered as one 'object', so no one would be seated to the Queen's left.


                      My assumption is, nothing and nobody sits at His left hand.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MsSophie View Post
                        Thank you everyone for the replies. Jesus' words from Mark 10:40 started me thinking of who is sitting at the left hand of God. Even though this particular scripture is not referring to the same thing it indicates Jesus does think of the left and right.

                        Mark 10:40

                        "But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared." Does this refer to the sheep and goats at judgement?

                        Mark 10:40 is ironic considering what had just taken place between Jesus and 2 of his followers:

                        10:35 Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him and said, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” 10:36 He said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 10:37 They said to him, “Permit one of us to sit at your right hand and the other at your left in your glory.”

                        James and John are getting a little self absorbed here. This is probably explained by the fact that they don't really know what Jesus is really up to just yet. If Jesus was the coming Messiah, they probably thought they were going to march into Jerusalem, beat the Romans, and have Jesus installed as King. After all this victory James and John want a high place of honor. Of course Jesus didn't want to go about it quite like they thought He would go about it:

                        10:38 But Jesus said to them, “You don’t know what you are asking! Are you able to drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I experience?”

                        It's very ironic what James and John ask for. They want to be to the right and left of Jesus and Jesus rightly says, "You don't have a CLUE what you just asked for". And we see later who is sitting at the right and left of Jesus:

                        15:27 And they crucified two outlaws with him, one on his right and one on his left.

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