The Right Hand
Part I. The Dangers of the Right Hand Path
Most everyone desires to be righteous, to be good, shunning evil in order to carefully avoid being the sinister one, the bad guy. Even so, the eternal Right Hand of God and His inherent goodness does not necessarily mean that the Right Hand of mankind, indeed of any man, is in anyway equal or similar to that which mere mortals have yet to fully understand. This is clearly indicated in Scriptures even though there are numerous passages which also allude the mighty power and saving grace of the LORD God’s Right Hand.
Indeed, the question that all believers should be asking themselves is who stands at the Right Hand of man. Many would be quick to assume that it is the LORD who remains at the Right Hand of all God-fearing Jews and Christian. The Bible itself states this quite bluntly in the following manner:
The LORD is at Your right hand. He will shatter kings in the day of His wrath. (Psalm 110:5)
For He stands at the right hand of the needy to save him from those who judge his soul. (Psalm 109:31)
The LORD is your keeper. The LORD is your shade on your right hand. (Psalm 121:5)
This ancient Hebrew teaching permeates both Jewish and Christian belief systems, where those of faith have the confidence that the invisible, yet sanctifying, presence of God always stands beside them at their own right hand, protecting them from the Devil. Certain other passages in the Bible tell a different story however. Two extremely relevant verses in Scriptures reads as follows:
Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. (Zechariah 3:1)
Appoint a wicked man over him and let an accuser stand at his right hand. (Psalm 109:6)
With that in mind, even the most devout and sinless believer should start realizing that placing too much trust in the Right hand, or the Right Hand path of blind faith, may be a little more dangerous than they might have thought previously.
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead (Revelation 13:16)
This is not to say that evil is good, or excusable, or even understandable, it is more a matter of steering those who follow the Judeo-Christian tradition in the correct direction. Rabbi Joshua ben Joseph (Jesus Christ) made this a central part of His teaching in that He was constantly reminded His disciples and followers that, in the end, only God can be the Judge of one’s fellow man (or woman). As the Gospels state:
If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. (Matthew 5:30)
Indeed, as other parts of the Bible describe it, especially the Old Testament, the only truly ‘correct’ direction that believers should trust in is neither to the Left Hand or to the Right, but straight forward and dead ahead. Here are two fairly common sense instructions from the LORD God Himself:
Decline not to the right hand, nor to the left: turn away thy foot from evil. For the LORD knoweth the ways that are on the right hand: but those are perverse which are on the left hand. But he will make thy courses straight, he will bring forward thy ways in peace. (Proverbs 4:27)
According to His law; and thou shalt follow their sentence: neither shalt thou decline to the right hand nor to the left hand. (Deuteronomy 17:11)
It wasn’t so long ago that those who were Left-Handed were considered by many superstitious people to be evil in some mysterious way. Indeed, the word sinister comes directly from the Latin word for the Left Hand. Readers should never forget, however, that throughout the past few thousand years of history, it has been the Right Hand, and almost never the Left Hand, that has been responsible for nearly all the rapes, murders, and other evil acts of cruelty and injustice that have occurred far too many times since Cain first killed Abel with his own Right Hand.
May the LORD God bless you in the name of the Judeo-Christian tradition.
And the Lord summoned me, and said to me: ‘Enoch, sit down on my left with Gabriel.’ And I bowed down to the Lord, and the Lord spoke. (II Enoch 24:1-2)