From Matthew 25:31–46: “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. Before him all the nations will be gathered, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Verse 6-8, Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.
I. There are many passages that speak of the right hand of God revealing His majesty and power.
A. Some examples:
1. Ps. 16:11 – “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
2. Ps. 18:35 – “Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.”
3. Rev. 1:16, & 1:20 – The churches of the Lord Jesus Christ are held in His right hand.
a. Rev. 1:16 – “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”
b. Rev. 1:20 – “The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.”
4. Matt. 25:31-46 – At the judgment of the nations, the sheep are on Christs’ right hand and the goats are on his left.
5. Acts 7:55,56 – When Stephen was being stoned, he saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God. “But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, 56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.”
6. Without going into further examples, the right hand of God is a place of great favor, strength, and comfort. (Look up the phrase “right hand” on the computer program, On-Line Bible.)
B. On the other hand, the use of the left hand of God metaphorically speaks of the condemning power of God.
1. See Matthew 25:31-46 – At the judgment of the nations, the sheep are on Christs’ right hand and the goats are on his left.
2. Mark 10:35-40 – James and John asked to sit on the right hand and the left hand of Christ. This was definitely a sign of authority and rulership with Christ.
3. Look up the phrase “left hand” on the computer program, On-Line Bible, for more examples of the left hand of God.
Verse 7-10, And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. 8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. 9, The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. 10, Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
I. Here is a comparison between what God can do and what man thinks he can do.
A. Man decides they will destroy their enemies. Note the various things man says he will do. Egypt didn’t fulfill what they said.
1. I will pursue.
2. I will overtake.
3. I will divide the spoil.
4. I will satisfy my lust (anger and vengence).
5. I will draw my sword.
6. I will destroy them.
B. Notice what God did.
1. God overthrew those that arose against him.
2. God’s wrath consumed them as stubble is consumed.
3. God didn’t attack them personally, but used his power to control waters in an unexpected way, thus they were drowned in the sea.
4. God used that which is necessary to life to bring death and destruction.
Verse 11-12, Who [is] like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who [is] like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful [in] praises, doing wonders? 12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.
I. “Among the gods” – there is a just and final comparison of the gods of stately Egypt compared to Jehovah.
A. Ps. 86:8 – Among the gods there is none like thee. “Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord; neither are there any works like unto thy works.”
B. Deut. 32:16,17 – When Israel attempted to serve other gods, they discovered (through chastening) that Jehovah is the only God. “They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger. 17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.”
Verse 13, Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.
I. Moses speaks as if Israel were already in the promised land.
II. Notice that the recognized leadership of God comes after redemption.
A. There is an unrecognized leadership of God.
1. This is the wooing of the Holy Spirit in the heart and life of the unbeliever.
2. If the Holy Spirit didn’t work in the heart of the unbeliever, they would never be saved.
3. If the lost person comes to the knowledge that God is actually drawing him to Himself, nothing is changed except the knowledge of the lost person.
B. Recognizing the leadership of the Holy Spirit is very important in the life of the believer.
1. If His leadership is not recognized, the believer will always have doubts about the will of God.
2. The believer won’t have proper leadership for his life if he never realizes Holy Spirit leadership.