In Ancient Egypt, Rome, and many other places. The king was considered to be more than just a man or even just an important man. He was seen as divine.
And because he was divine, he was the only one, besides the priests, that could ascend the pyramidal "mountains" I talked about last week to meet with that civilization's "gods".
And they were often worshiped as "gods" themselves. Considered by the people to be at the bottom of the pantheon of "gods" and designated as their representatives on earth.
In some cases, they were considered the "god's sons" for that reason.
In the bible, the word "gods" has a couple of meanings. It can refer to evil spiritual beings but it can also refer to human kings.
Psalm 82 is where it may be referring to both.
God has taken His place in the divine assembly;
He judges among the gods:
“How long will you judge unjustly
and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless;
uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute.
Rescue the poor and needy;
save them from the power of the wicked.”
They do not know or understand;
they wander in darkness.
All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
I said, “You are gods;
you are all sons of the Most High.
However, you will die like men
and fall like any other ruler.”
Rise up, God, judge the earth,
for all the nations belong to You.
Psalm 82: 1-8 HCSB
God here is speaking to the human kings, judges, and other authorities of the earth who are called "gods" primarily because they hold authority over the people, are respected and feared and derive their power from a higher, divine authority.
Which is God Himself.
Here's what this means:
Every single world leader, judge, president, king, governor, mayor, council, assembly, all the way down to police officers have authority given to them by God and they will give an account one day on how they used that authority.
Whether they knew Him or not.
Here's a list of rules from Deuteronomy 17:14-20 that the kings of Ancient Israel like King David and King Solomon were expected to follow:
Remember these were rules for KINGS.
Over and over again in the bible, throughout human history, and up to today. We can see examples of world leaders failing to abide by God's Law. More often than not actively rebelling against it.
They push their version of justice, accumulate wealth for themselves, and decide their laws apart from God.
I don't think I need to give examples of this. Just turn on the news and you'll see a bunch!
Jesus Himself referenced Psalm 82 when debating the Pharisees in John 10:25:30.
He got a lot of heat by declaring Himself to be the Son Of God. They thought that a mere man was claiming to be everything that I just discussed earlier.
And He is. He is the divine God-Man. One hundred percent God and one hundred percent man.
Exactly what the ancient kings of the past falsely believed they were.
Adam was the first one who had the authority to rule the earth on God's behalf as His representative to all creation.
But he lost it when he decided he wanted to be God himself.
Jesus got that authority back when He died on the cross and rose again. Paying the price for sin and death that Adam brought onto humanity.
He has the right to be called the Image Of God, The Son Of God, King of Kings, and Lord Of Lords.
He alone has made a way, with His blood, for people to reach God.
This. Is the one, true, King of the Earth.
Happy Resurrection Sunday!
See you next week!
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