The Left Hand of God

Mark 10:37
They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory.

Ezekiel 21:16
Go thee one way or other, either on the right-hand or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

Good Monday Morning to the week 07 of 2019

Reading on the wrong use of giving the right cheek I started wondering about the left hand of God. Yes, God must have a left hand as well!

The right hand is mentioned positively 100 times in the Bible, the left hand is mentioned only 25 times, mostly negatively while it presented the right hand as a symbol of strength and honor, in the left-hand are riches and honor.

Matthew 6:3 writes; But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right-hand does.

The Hebrew Bible mentions left-handed people on three occasions: the story of Ehud’s assassination of the Moabite king, the 700 Benjamites who could use the sling with deadly accuracy and the two-dozen ambidextrous warriors who came to support David in Hebron. All of these stories of left-handed people in the Bible appear in military contexts, and, curiously, all involve members of the tribe of Benjamin.

“The LORD raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man”.

The statement that Ehud was a left-handed man and that he was from the tribe of Benjamin, is very significant. In fact, according to Judges 20:16, there were seven hundred specially-trained men in the army of the tribe of Benjamin and all of them were left-handed. The text also says that “each one could sling a stone and hit even the smallest target.”

To explain this peculiarity and how left-handedness was seen not only in Israel but also in other nations, Different nations derived their expressions for right and left from conceptions peculiar to themselves. Some are based on the idea of showing, pointing, with the right hand; sinister, from sinus, on the action of laying the right hand on the side of the heart. The left hand has everywhere been regarded as the weaker, which, properly speaking, did not wield arms.

When oriental custom placed the stranger on the left, it assigned him the seat of honor in so far as the left side seemed to be the weaker and less protected, from the idea of weakness, sprang such terms as,  laevus,  [Eng. left] because that side is harmless, smooth, and gentle.

Hence also the custom among Asiatic nations of inclining toward the left side, and resting on the left hand, when seated: the right hand was thus left free.

The threefold trinity can be pictured as having God-the-Father at the top, and underneath on the right side Jesus Christ our Lord, and on the left the Holy Spirit Christologically conceived!

So this question is actually not quite as absurd as it seems from the surface…

Another brain-stimulating piece of information: Did you know according to old and widespread Catholic traditionary sources the Archangel Gabriel sits on the “Left-hand side of God”? Some old authors even refer to Gabriel as “the Left Hand of God” Himself. Any interesting brainstorming?

Gabriel  “God is my strength”‘. In the Hebrew Bible, Gabriel appears to the prophet Daniel, to explain his visions. Gabriel the archangel is also a character in other ancient Jewish writings such as the Book of Enoch. Alongside archangel Michael, Gabriel is described as the guardian angel of Israel, defending this people against the angels of the other nations.

Finally, in the interest of full disclosure Southpaw wrote one answer. It was surely could be concluded that God must be left-handed because Christ is sitting on his right hand!

But maybe God has no hands at all but much more a left side.  He is a Spirit, and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth (John 4:24).

And now here we are back here on earth to both left and right hands and side inspired by His left side, His, Holy Spirit to guide these both hands of ours to do His inspired works here this next week!

I wish you a blessed week.

Philemon

 

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