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“Sit at my right hand”

Scripture reading for June 25th: Psalms 107-110

Psalm 110 is one of David’s psalms that was used by Jesus Christ to confound his adversaries.  Jesus was being tested by the teachers of the law to try to prove that he could not be the messiah.  To counter their arguments, Jesus quoted Psalm 110:1 and attributed it to King David speaking under the power of the Holy Spirit.  “The Lord said to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” (Psalm 110:1)  “David himself calls him ‘Lord.’  How then can he be his son?” (Mark 12:36-37a)  Jesus’ question was designed to help these teachers of the law connect with the plain teaching of God’s Word that the messiah would be a son of David as well as his Lord! (2nd Samuel 7:12, 13, 16)  This is a hard concept for us to grasp and this psalm has been difficult for some to understand throughout history.

The psalm is a prophetic picture of the messiah who would come from the line of David.  This messiah would sit at God’s right hand and rule until the Lord God put all His enemies under His feet.  The messiah would be made or declared a priest as well as a ruling king!  A priest represents the people before God by intercession and sacrifice.  The king was to rule on behalf of God.  These offices were not combined in the Old Testament history of God’s people.  There was one person in history who was both a priest and a king.  His name was Melchizedek.  (Genesis 14:18-20) (Hebrews 5:5-10, 6:19-7:28)  Melchizedek was the King of Salem (Peace) and a priest of the Most High God.  He received tithes from Abraham and blessed Abraham.  This descendant of David who was to come would be a priest and king like Melchizedek!

Priests normally did not sit down while at work.  This King who was seated at God’s right hand who also was a Priest was invited to sit!  He was sitting down, because His work of sacrifice on behalf of the people was completed!  (Acts 5:31)  (Ephesians 1:20)  David was seeing a vision of the throne in heaven following the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, who offered His own sinless body as the payment for the sins of the whole world!  John the Baptist remarked of Jesus: “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)  Jesus now is interceding for us as a priest before God, seated at His right hand! (Romans 8:34)

This King/Priest is ruling in the midst of His enemies now, waiting for them to bow their knees!  (Psalm 11o:2,3)  He is marshaling His troops for a day of battle!  There is a coming day of wrath where all enemies who have not become one of his troops by bowing their knees will suffer a crushing defeat! (Psalm 110:5-6)  This King will judge nations and crush rulers of the earth!  He will be refreshed after the battle and exalted as the King of Glory!  (Psalm 110:7)  Truly, this King is the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, Son of David, David’s Lord!

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