Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more
In article nine, I start explaining what the second phrase in the verse, “and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psa. 82:6b) means. I said the phrase is all inclusive and shows us through the bible what sons means to the Israelis.
Jesus Shed Light Also on the Position of Sonship
He Jesus, himself, being a Jew knows what sons means to Israelis and he also wants them to know that God also view Sons in that light, therefore he shares the story of the husbandman with the believers and the Jews to show the importance of his coming to the world, as the only Son of God.
“Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
“And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
“And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
“Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
“But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
“But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
“And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
“When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
“They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.” (Mat. 21:33-41)
This same story could be found in Mark 12:1-12 and Luke 20:9-19 and in the story we shall discover that Jesus shows the Jews the several attempts which God has made in ensuring that he gets man back to himself, but which failed. Therefore, after all the initial attempts have failed he decided to use the last option which was sending his son to them because he knows the people know what sons mean they will see son as the husbandman himself and would behave normally, but it was disturbing that the people though know who the son means acted terribly because they did not only beat the son as they had been doing to the previous servants but they indeed killed the son. This inadvertently means they have killed the Father himself.
On many issues have men killed God in their hearts by their actions and sometimes inactions.
(iii) The Meaning of Being A Child of the Most High on Earth
Having seen how Jesus also makes the people to know that as they have reference and know the position of sons in their land, God also values son like that and has sent his son to the world for them to draw their hearts back to God. Let us see further what “and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psa. 82:6b) means.
(a) It Means You Are “god” on Earth: As I have shared some of the characteristics of “gods” with us in the previous articles, I want us to know that being a child of the most his on earth means we shall also be exhibiting those characteristics on earth to silence the enemies.
(b) It Means You Are God’s Ambassador on Earth: Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Corinthians says,
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20)
Ambassador in Greek word is “πρεσβεύω”, which when romanticized is presbeuō (pronounced as pres-byoo'-o) which means a senior, a representative. God is making us his representatives on earth. Some of us know the retinue of servants associated with a country’s ambassador in another country. This becomes more visible when one visits the embassy of other country in one’s land. These ambassadors have access to different things that ordinary citizens of the country cannot have access to in another man’s country where she or he is living. This is because they are seeing the person in the light of the president or King or Prime minister of that country.
This is what Asaph discovers and he was pointing out to the Israelis and by extension the spiritual Israelis who we are, that we need to occupy our positions.
When Jacob discovers this, he was terrified for he never knew that he has such retinue of ministers ministering for him on earth, and therefore worships the Lord, yea, he set emolument on the place and would return to the place decades after to worship the Lord there.
“And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” (Gen. 28:12)
It is because many of us do not know this that we suffer in the midst of the plenty.
“And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” (Gen. 28:22)
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(iv) The Phrase is a Form of Emphasis
This phrase, “and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psa. 82:6b) is a form of emphasis. This Psalmist is emphasizing what he was saying in the first phrase to the Israelis showing them that he is telling them the mind of God.
In the next article I shall continue with this exegesis.
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