the gods are mortal

baptism 113Psalm 82.  Most commentators are quick to put quotation marks around the word gods in this psalm.  They take this as a prophecy against unjust human rulers.  They claim that Jesus implied this in John 10:34-35. But Jesus only claimed that the subjects of this psalm heard the words of God, not that they were human.  This psalm is a lament, pleading for God to judge the earth (8), and rescue it from the gods who are destroying it by ruling it selfishly. These gods are angelic beings who are abusing their power by showing partiality to the wicked, not giving justice to the weak and fatherless, and not rescuing the weak and needy (3-4).  These sons of the Most High had been appointed as gods among men, but the LORD is going to remove them from their thrones, and destroy them.  Like men, they will die, and fall like any prince (7).  They are not immortal like God is. Only God is immortal.

LORD, we trust in you to destroy all your enemies, and to bring justice to the earth.


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