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 the first article, I have introduced this topic which is taken from the book of Psalms 82:6.
I talked about the author of the chapter who is Asaph, a Levite, who with king David and others wrote the book of Psalms.
The first point I have raised on the verse is that Asaph puts his people in remembrance. Reasons for putting them in remembrance is that people sometimes forget who they are because of what they are passing through which could either be good or bad.
As i continue here, I will write on the second sub-point under the supposed good reasons that could make one forget who she or he is.
(ii) Exalted Position
Everyone on earth wants growth, we always pray for growth for we know that anyone who is not growing is either retrogressing or being static. More often than not when someone is not growing the person is retrogressing.
When parents give birth to a child, within some months the parents and people around will look forward to changes in the child's life. But if there is no noticeable changes, this will cause the parents to raise alarm about the position of the child and would contact experienced people especially medical personnel to know what's wrong with their child and what they can do to bring about the needful changes, which is growth in the child's life.
This is also applicable to other facets of life, for we all want changes and would do everything within our means to grow.
There was a man whose story is shared in the bible, the man has craved for this kind of growth and when the growth happened people considered it a welcome development. The person I am talking about is Hamman.
Est 3:1 "After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him."
After this man was exalted by the king to the highest position among the chiefs, he forgot whom he was and started misbehaving such that he under false pretence gets the king to sign off a law he has written to bring about genocide of the Jews living in the kingdom.
In response to the prayers and fasting of the Jews his plot was discovered by the king and the Jewish people were delivered from his hand by abolishing the law and ordered the killing of the highest chief with his position given to somebody else, the person whom his position was given to was Mordecai.
Queen Esther answered, “If it please Your Majesty to grant my humble request, my wish is that I may live and that my people may live.
My people and I have been sold for slaughter. If it were nothing more serious than being sold into slavery, I would have kept quiet and not bothered you about it; but we are about to be destroyed — exterminated!”
Then King Xerxes asked Queen Esther, “Who dares to do such a thing? Where is this man?”
Esther answered, “Our enemy, our persecutor, is this evil man Haman!”Haman stared at the king and queen in terror.
Then one of them, who was named Harbonah, said, “Haman even went so far as to build a gallows at his house so that he could hang Mordecai, who saved Your Majesty's life. And it's 22 metres tall!”“Hang Haman on it!” the king commanded.
So Haman was hanged on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai. Then the king's anger cooled down.
We can read further in chapter eight of this book.
People like Hamman still abound all over the world, people who have genocide agenda for others, people who are not happy with others progress and would come forth with laws that will negatively affect those people.
Asaph puts his brethren in remembrance that they do not have to think of themselves more than it is necessary but should remember that they are humans, they are flesh not God and would one day go the way of all the people of the earth. (1 King 2:2)
I shall continue with this topic in the next article.
Note: I used KJV and Good News.
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