In article 7 I have continued to write about the characteristics of the supposed “gods” and I have mentioned two of it. I will want us to see another characteristic of “gods” in this article too before moving to another sub-sub-topic under what has been ordained.
6. “gods” Can Show Signs and Wonders
One of the factors that made king pharaoh and the Egyptians harden their hearts to what prophet Moses and Aaron were saying to them that they should let Israel go to worship their God, Yahweh, in the wilderness was because of the signs and wonders that the Egyptian gods also demonstrated or showed.
When Moses and Aaron showed some signs, pharaoh equally called his people, the magicians, sorcerers to perform the same feat. This they did thereby telling Moses and Aaron that as their God has power to show signs and wonders so do the gods of Egypt.
“And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent.
“Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.
“For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods.
“And he hardened Pharaoh's heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.” (Exo. 7:10-14)
Jesus clearly told believers while on earth as recorded in the bible that we shouldn’t let our faith be anchored on signs and wonders.
This is because if we allow this to happen then we shall be swept off by smaller gods because they also have power to show signs and wonders.
“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.” (Mat. 24:24 see also Mark 13:22; 2 Pe_2:1-3; 3:17)
Having seen some of the characteristics of gods, I want us to know that these kinds of characters are expected by God from his children and those of us who are the spiritual Israel, as his representatives on earth.
Therefore Asaph points this out to them, “ye are gods”.
I will want us to see another sub-sub-topic to add credence to what he has ordained meant for us all as Asaph has presented it in this verse.
The Type of “god” Referred to
To avoid any form of misconception of the god in question being referred to here, it is pertinent that we know some things about this “god” which Asaph says we all are being called.
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(a) This “god” Takes Authority from The Almighty
Some while reading this verse will think that by being called a “god” it means they are competing with God or being equal with Yahweh, but this is not what this verse means.
The word and the verse clearly show that we, the smaller “gods” shall be taken authority from Yahweh, we shall not do anything by ourselves until we have seen Yahweh do the same and until we have taken authority from the Almighty.
“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise” (Joh 5:19)
(b) They Speak Like God’s Oracle
Those people called “gods” here are people who are expected to speak like God’s oracles.
“If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Pet 4:11, read also Acts 7:38; Rom. 3:2; Heb. 5:12)
We are expected to be speaking as the oracle of God, speak as his mouth piece wherever we get to on earth.
The three Hebrews who were the oracles of God in the land of Babylon never abused the king as some would have done today but they presented their words intelligently and with humility to the king.
“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.” (Dan 3:16)
When we present our words intelligently and with humility to the people in authority they will have no other option that to listen to us because our words would be backed by God’s fire and presence.
In the next article I shall continue with this exegesis.
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