“Your right hand, Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord, shattered the enemy” (Exodus 15:6).
There are special mentions about God’s right hand all over the Bible. His hand is majestic in power (Exodus 15:6). His right hand has worked Salvation for him (Psalm 98:1). His right hand spread out the heavens; (Isaiah 48:13). Long life is in His right hand (Proverbs 3:16).
Joseph brought his two sons to Jacob so that they get his blessings. Generally, those who bless used to place their right hand on the eldest. For others, they will be using the left hand only. When Jacob raised his hands to bless God counselled him to change his hands and bless.
On noticing, Joseph thought that his father was committing a mistake. He pointed out the mistake also. But Jacob went ahead abiding God’s will by placing his right hand on the younger son and the left hand on the eldest.
Just as Joseph had two sons, the Lord God had two testaments. They are, firstly the saints of the Old Testament who are the children of the law and secondly the saints of the New Testament who are the children of grace. A special benefit which is not with the saints of the Old Testament has been graciously provided by God to us (Hebrews 11:40).
What is that special benefit? It is nothing but inheriting all the blessings of the high in Christ; inheriting the blessings of the blood of Christ, blessings of the sufferings in Calvary and blessings of the Resurrection etc. Above all these blessings, we attain the special status of becoming Christ’s bridegroom. The saints of the Old Testament could attain only the status of being called as friends of Christ (John 3:29).
But the Lord God did not wish to place His right hand and bless them. But instead, He chose us, who were the aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and who lived according to the lusts of the flesh. He showed love on us and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6, 7). Dear children of God, will you praise God with gratitude for the love He showed on us?
To meditate: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).