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
I have in the first article written about the author of this chapter of the book of Psalms and have shown in the work that the author wants all, especially believers, to know that we occupy the position of God on earth and the position is judging rightly. I have equally written on the fact that while talking, the author ensures that he puts the people in remembrance of who they are for sometimes we forget who we are perhaps because of our status or what we are passing through. Another thing he puts us in remembrance of is stated in the verse.
What God Has Said: He puts the Israelis as well as all of us in remembrance of what the Lord has said, not what he is about to say, let us see what has been written there.
“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Psa 82:6)
What the Lord has stated is what the believers status is.
B) Believers Status
Asaph the Levite made the people know what has been ordained by god for them to be, as he states that “ye are”. We shall see in this word that there is no ambiguity in what he wrote, the word is no9t futuristic, because he did not say “you will be”, but “you are”. This implies who they really are in God.
Their status with God is settled, it cannot be changed.
It is like a manager of a company who looks at himself as a servant, and he continues to do the work of a servant thinking he is by that efficient, not knowing that he is debasing himself ridiculing himself before his subjects. This man continues to say he hopes one day he will have such authority to do certain things when he has already been given that authority but he has failed to utilize it.
What Has Been Ordained
The status they occupy is the position that has been ordained for man to occupy since the beginning of the world but because of transgression man losses this position.
He therefore is telling them that they need to remember the position they occupy in scheme of things before God, which is being small gods, for he says, “ye are gods”.
Let us dig a bit into this word, “ye are gods” which Asaph says believers are.
(i) Smaller “gods”
The word “ye are gods” means smaller gods not main God, not Yahweh. This he wants them to remember. In understanding this, I will want us to see characteristics of “gods”.
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Characteristics of “gods”
I have in this section try to show us some of the characteristics of gods to understand what this phrase “ye are gods” really mean.
1. Has Power and Authority
god usually has power and authority over others, especially his followers by which he controls them. It because of this that he has possessed that makes them to bow to him and worship him.
“And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the king of Edom: but they could not.
“Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel: and they departed from him, and returned to their own land.” (2 Ki. 3:26-27)
We shall see here that the battle turned against the king of Moab, he has thought that he will overpower his enemies especially the Israeli armies but he could not, there and then he remembered his gods and had to do dangerous things in wickedness to invoke the highest powers of his gods to turn the enemies away from him and his kingdom and this happened after he has offered his son as burnt offering to the gods.
e-sword in her commentary of this place says, “in cases of terrible wars as this, the culture of the heathen nations of various lands was to offer human sacrifices yea their own children even to their gods. They do this to appease him and invoke his spirit and power to deal with their enemies because such gods delighted in blood and murder and destruction of mankind. This is common among the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, scythians, Gauls, Africans amongst others. The pricier anything was to them, the more acceptable those idolaters thought the sacrifice would be to their gods. The King of Moab sacrificed his son to obtain favor of his god, Chemosh.”
Yahweh who knows the end from the beginning, who forms darkness and the light, knows this would happen, and would not let the battle to overcome the Moabites because of this he has done.
He by this shows the extent to which humans can go to achieve what they want on earth and if they could do that to achieve their aim, how much more himself, therefore he sends his son to the world to save man from the devil and sin.
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.
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