Psalm 82

DSC03443God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.  How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.  Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.  They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.  But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.  Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. (KJV)

This is the psalm that Christ referred to in John 10:34.  It was on this discourse that the Jews ask him this question “How long dost thou hold us in suspense?  If thou art the Christ, tell us plainly.”  Christ answer was simple “I told you and you believed not.”  He ended by saying “I and the Father are one.”  To this the Jews took up stones to stone him and answer him “we stone you not for your good works, but because thou being a man make thyself God.”  Then Jesus referred them to this psalm.   The theme of John chapter ten is the good shepherd and his flock.  In this discourse Christ pictured himself as the good shepherd who took care of his sheep, and did not act as a hireling who did not care for the sheep, but for his own personal needs.  The good shepherd cares for the sheep, but the hireling only cares for himself.  The rulers of the Jews who were to guide the weak and needy, the fatherless and the poor, forsook their duty and focused on making their lives better at the expense of the ones that were entrusted to protect.  As I was studying A.W. Tozer’s book Knowledge Of The Holy this week I realized that the religious as well as the political leaders at the time of Christ did not have right view of God.  The same can also be said about the religious and political leaders of today.  As I study the truths in his book I realized how much of our daily activities does not included the realization God in our decisions.  After studying the chapter on God Incomprehensible, I realized how thankful I am for Christ.  By trusting in Christ I can get a glimpse of God.  As John writes in I John 1:3 “that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his son Jesus Christ.” I can now fellowship with my creator.   He also states in chapter 3 verses one and two that we are the sons of God.

So think about the quote from this psalm “ye are Gods” in relationship to John’s writings in I John chapter three.  Christ the son of God came to earth as the son of Man and was manifested to take away sins so that one day we too will be like him.  Therefore, everyone that has this hope in Christ purifies himself even as Christ is pure.   Ask yourself this question today “where is your hope for eternity found?”  Does your daily activities center on the pursuit of the knowledge of the holy, eternal, and incomprehensible God?

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