The Man of Your Right Hand

In Ps 80:15, the Psalmist intercedes for “the vineyard which thy [sc. the LORD’s] right hand hath planted.” Just a few verses later, he speaks of “the man of thy right hand…the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself” (80:17). There’s a neat theology of the incarnation right there: the LORD’s active, powerful presence in the world is his “right hand”; but that right hand of the LORD — one of his “two hands” to recall Irenaeus’s phrase — is also a “son of man,” himself among the world. “The man of your right hand” is both God and man.

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