Am I a “god”?


S (Scripture): John 10:34 Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 10:35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), 10:36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 10:37 If I do not perform the deeds of my Father, do not believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”

O (Observation): Jesus is quoting Psalm 82:5. That verse refers to judges of Israel as gods. This was not to elevate their status, but was more a matter of function. God would rule through these judges in order to bring peace and justice to the earth.

Jesus is essentially saying to the Pharisees that if these judges were referred to as “gods,” why could Jesus not be referred to as the Son of God. And for Jesus, if nothing else, he points to the deeds that he has done as proof that he is the son of God.

A (Application): I love the idea that the judges of the Old Testament were referred to as gods. To me, this gives a clear understanding that God has established a covenant relationship with the judges, and therefore, a clear responsibility to represent God in the world is established. Again, this is NOT about elevating one’s status, but clarifying one’s responsibilities as a representative of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Where has God established you as an authority? In your family? Your workplace? Your church?

Maybe you don’t feel like you’re an authority? That’s perfectly fine. But all who believe are equipped to discern God’s call, and respond. Even if it takes baby steps : )

P (Prayer): Lord, remind us that you come to us, that you promise to remain with us, and that you will empower us to represent you in this world. Amen.


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