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
This topic is taken from the book of Psalms 82:6. I have talked about the author, who according to history has twelve Psalms to his credit. This man in his writing puts the people in remembrance of who they are which they always should bear in their minds lest they err.
I shall continue with the exegesis here.
Goodness Of God // Annabel Soh @ City Harvest Church
iii) Miracle Workers
Some people who have power to do several things, miracles performing signs and wonders, they momentarily forget who they are and at times equate themselves to God.
An example of who did this in the bible was King Pharaoh. I said this because I brought my mind to the histories of the Yoruba culture. In our history anyone who is powerful and can do several things he will at first push his subjects forward to attend to people who have come to him for spiritual counsel. This perhaps was what Prophets of old did in the bible as exemplified by prophets Elijah and Elisha. In the book of second Kings 4 we shall recall that prophet Elisha sent his subject forward to go and heal the son of the Shunammite woman.
“And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me.
“Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, do not deceive me?
“Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.” (2 Ki 4:27-29)
We shall discover that the prophet’s subject called Gehazi was unable to heal the son and bring him back to life, and it was when the prophet got to where the lifeless body of the son lies that he brings him back to life. That is it works in the history and culture of the Yoruba.
Now for people who have great power as this and could perform miracles they at times get to a certain juncture that they forget that they are but a mortal person and would be equating themselves to God.
That essentially was what happened to King Pharaoh for I believe he has more spiritual powers that his subjects and thus when prophet Moses performed some miracles they also were performing the same miracles. Therefore he could say, who is that God, because he equates himself to the “I Am that I Am,”, Yahweh the God of heaven and earth.
“And Pharaoh said, who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go.” (Exo. 5:2)
Therefore all bible students will recall that the bible says some will at the last days come and say I am Christ.
“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.” (Matt 24:5 & 24)
What are those people saying in effect here? They know that Christ means the anointed one, and they are saying they are the anointed one, they are God, they really have forgotten that they are but mere man, the great power that they wield, saying something should come and it comes and then commanding something to go and it goes has made them thought that Yahweh couldn’t have performed better, thus they ascribed the position of God to themselves.
It is because of people who have forgotten their estate perhaps through the sufferings and afflictions they are passing through and or because of the affluence and other things that they have which made Asaph think that it is essential to bring the people to remembrance of who they really are as they continue to err in their judgments, that they do not need to err again but act accordingly.
In the next article I shall continue with the exegesis of this verse as God has laid it in the heart of Asaph to pen it down for all in the world especially believers and spiritual Israel.