A blog by Celia Jolley, a daily devotion with scripture of the day applied to a woman's life, with quotes, poetry, and stories about savoring the beauty of life, family, and how to worship the Lord. Occasional original short stories sneak in now and then, just for fun fiction.
Saturday, August 13, 2016
"The Lord says to my Lord;
Sit at My right hand
Until I make Your enemies a
footstool for Your feet."
This is a mysterious verse, but take heart, Jesus cracked the code and solved it:
Bingo--David's words are prophetically about Jesus Christ!
It is quoted in Hebrews 1:13
"But to which of the angels has He ever said,
'Sit at My right hand,
Until I make Thine enemies
A footstool for Thy feet'?
In Matthew 22:41-46...
"Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question :
'What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?'
They said to Him, 'The son of David.'
He said to them, 'Then how does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying,
'The Lord said to My Lord,
Sit at My right hand,
Until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet'?
If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his son?'
No one was able to answer Him a word, nor did anyone dare
from that day on to ask Him another question."
In Mark12:35-27 this is repeated with the little change in the account saying,
"And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him. (was gladly hearing Him.)
It's not every day they got to hear someone stump the Pharisees leaving them speechless.
"Jehovah said unto my Adoni.
Sit Thou at My right hand."
"This implies the possession of the utmost confidence, power, and pre-eminence.
"Till I make thine enemies."
Jesus shall reign till all His enemies are subdued under Him. Jesus Christ,
as God, ever dwelt in the fullness of the Godhead: but it was as God-man that,
after His resurrection, He was raised to the right hand of the majesty on high,
ever in the presence of God for us."
We live in the "Until,"
between Jesus going up to sit on His throne, meaning He can rest and reign,
by His death, resurrection, and ascension,
and before He puts all His enemies under His heel.
("And you shall bruise (crush) him on the heel, (Genesis 3:15)"
We're still in the fight, cruising for a bruising.
Even though we still have an enemy of our soul on the loose,
we know who wins, who has won the victory over sin and death.
"But when the Son of Man comes in His glory,
and all the angels with Him,
then He will sit on His glorious throne.
And all the nations will be gathered before Him;
and He will separate them from one another,
as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
...Then He will also say to those on His left,
'Depart from Me,
accursed ones, into the eternal fire
which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.'"
That's how He puts His enemies at His footstool.
Uh, You wouldn't think anyone in their right mind
would choose to go live with the devil and his angels,
especially after this warning, but obviously some do, those who love the darkness,
those who don't want to give up the big chair instead choosing self-rule.
"The Lord will stretch forth Thy strong scepter from Zion, saying,
'Rule in the midst of Thine enemies.'"
"The gospel--the doctrine of Christ crucified; which is the powerful scepter of the Lord that bought us...and is the power of God to salvation to all them that believe...
The rod of His power was His scepter; that is, His word, the gospel, the wisdom of God."
We can only bow before Him in front of His throne, and rejoice that He so magnanimously has pointed His scepter towards us, to allow us access to come before our Lord God and King.
Back to those Pharisees who tried to trip Jesus up with this verse,
from the sublime to a silly children's song...
Did you ever sing the old chorus,
"I don't want to be a Pharisee...
Cause a Pharisee ain't fair, you see...
I don't want to be a Sadducee,
Cause a Sadducee is sad, you see...
I don't want to be a goat, no!..
'Cause a goat ain't got no hope, no!
I just want to be a sheep, yeah!
'Cause a sheep is in His keep, yeah!"
That sums it all up so simply that any child can understand it.
I hope you are part of that crowd who listening to Jesus, "was gladly hearing Him."
In that great gettin' up morning, fare-thee-well, fare-thee well,
He separates the sheep from the goats with His scepter
pointing them to the right and to the left.
Go right, because you belong to Him.