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
Having shown us what the second phrase “and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psa. 82:6b) means in article ten, I want us to see some of the reasons why he puts them in remembrance.
1. He Puts Them in Remembrance Because They Did Not Use Well Their Positions
Asaph being a Levite and a member of the Israelis, not a stranger he has over the years been noticing them that they have not been utilizing their positions well, they have not been occupying as the Lord has expected them to be occupying until he arrives.
God also expects us believers to occupy till he comes and if we are not rightly occupying the positions which he has placed us, he will not be happy with us.
“And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.” (Luk_19:13).
2. He Puts Them in Remembrance Because They Act Like Slaves/Servants
One of the terrible things that could happen in life is for sons to be acting like slaves. When children or princes do not know their positions and they are acting like slaves, perhaps because of their developmental anomalies, their father would not be happy at this.
If we can bring this to our minds, we shall see that when we as believers are also acting like slaves, then God is not happy, his mind will everyday be bleeding on us, thinking of when we shall come off our positions and wake up to do what we should be doing.
“And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.” (Joh. 8:35)
Jesus makes all to see the position of the slaves and servants, let us see some of it.
(a) Lack of Good Rooms
When children have good places to sleep, very good accommodation, slaves and servants of the ancient rich people and the rich people in different places of the world could not boast of having a decent place to lay their heads on at night.
(b) They Are Temporary Inhabitants
Servants are temporary inhabitants where they live at. (Joh. 8:35)
(c) They Are Exposed TO Ants and Other Dangerous Insects
Since they are not exposed to good accommodation some of them do live in the open where there are “mosquitoes” and other insects that would not allow them to enjoy even their sleep.
(d) They Are Prone to Infectious Diseases
Many if not all the servants and slaves are prone to different infectious diseases because of where they are living.
(e) No Decent Food
Many of the ancient servants are not entitled to good meals. Take the case of the prodigal son as example, you will recall that it was because of his lack of access to good and regular food that he decides to retrace his steps and return to his father.
“And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
“And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!” (Luk. 15:16-17)
(f) They Do Not Have Authorities of Their Own
Slaves do not have authorities of their own because they are under the tutorship of a master. Recall the story of the Israelis in the Egypt land, the Babylonian land, and other places, you shall discover that they can do as they like.
(g) They Are Not Free
They are not free, sometimes if not most often under task masters.
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(h) Many of Them Are Reserved for Destruction
Many of those slaves are reserved for destruction. When their leaders are annoyed with them they can call them to kill them. some would be sent to the battle field and positioned at a terrible place on the battle field so that they would be killed. (2Sa 11:15-17)
(i) Live in Fear of Uncertainties
They do not know what lies next for them, therefore they are always living in fear
(j) They Live a Plan-less Life
Slaves live plan-less lives, they do not have plans for themselves, they cannot say tomorrow they are going to do this or that because they are not at liberty.
3. He Puts Them in Remembrance Because They Are Afraid
Asaph puts them in remembrance because though they see them as free people but they are still afraid of what they ought not to be afraid of, what they have overcame through their God, Yahweh, they are still afraid of those things, thence he has to put them in remembrance of their position in God. (1 Joh. 4:18)
These are some of the reasons why he puts them in remembrance of who they are in their Lord God, the God of Israel. In the next article I shall continue with the exegesis.
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