Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Right Hand of God; The Gift of Intimacy


Acts 2:25-28
Peter is quoting Psalm 16:8-11
“‘25 I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand,
    I will not be shaken.
26 
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope ...’”

He used this passage to point to Christ, to the prophecy of his resurrection from the dead.

But when I read Acts chapter 2, and the Lord stopped me at verse 25, it seemed to be another message he was giving me.

“I saw the Lord always before me.”  When he reaches out with his right hand to take us by our right hand then he must be standing before us.  When he stands beside us, then his right hand grasps our left hand.

David had an understanding of intimacy with God;
Psalm 63:8
I cling to you; your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 73:23
Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
I brought this “standing before me” up with the assistant pastor at our church last night.  He pointed out that the person of Jesus is God the Father’s way of showing us how intimate he wants to be with us.  Before the coming of Jesus people had no concept of intimacy with God the Father.
Isaiah 65:2
All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations ...
They relied on their faith, when things were going badly, that God would stand by them and help them by the power of his right hand.
I was directed to Isaiah 49.  It seems as if the whole chapter is a prophecy of Christ’s coming, his rejection, his being cursed for us, his being a light to the gentiles. (that’s me)
But verse 16 is what really stuck out;
“See, I have engraved you on the palm of my hands.”
Jesus, God incarnate, is a face to face kind of person. 
As an artist, I depend on my ability to close my eyes and “see” what I envision.  And I see Jesus.  He stands close to me.  He is as close as my breathing in and my breathing out.  He is as close as a bridegroom is to his bride.
One of my all time favorite scriptures comes from Isaiah 41:13;
For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.

God, the creator of the universe, the creator of everything, the only perfect being, stands before me and holds my right hand.  He never leaves me.  And he promises he never will.
And isn’t that what the second chapter of Acts is really all about?  Living a life of intimacy with the Lord?
Now that I think about it, isn’t that really what the entire Bible is all about?



2 comments:

William Pabst said...

You've got that right! The lack of intimacy is at the root of many interpersonal problems today... God continues to reach out offering to grasp our hand and lift us into an eternally fulfilling relationship.

Joan Santomenna said...

We all have to remember your comment and practice it in our own lives. " As an artist, I depend on my ability to close my eyes and “see” what I envision. And I see Jesus. He stands close to me. He is as close as my breathing in and my breathing out. He is as close as a bridegroom is to his bride."

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