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22 And the LORD God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever."
14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'
i would say a lot of people are going to be disappointed but when your lights go out they aren,t going to know anything anyway cause lights out means lights out,its over for good.
originally posted by: ServantOfTheLamb
a reply to: Belcastro
Oh my if you haven't misunderstood the text. Psalm 82 is a condemnation passage, and not one you want applied to you.
Lets break take it a verse at a time, but first lets take a quick look at Romans 13:1 " Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God."
"82 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:."
The word translated "gods" here is elohim. Most often it is translated as such, but sometimes it is also translated as judges or rulers, an example of this can be seen in Exodus 22:9. Based on the context of the passage being about judgment of people we can tell rulers is a more accurate translation and indeed newer translations do translate it as such. With Romans 13 in mind we can see that God is talking to the powers he has appointed as rulers.
"“How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah"
God is asking how long these rulers are going to judge unfairly and show partiality to wicked people.
"Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”
Here God presents an adomnition to the rulers to judge fairly.
"They have neither knowledge nor understanding, they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken."
Here God speaks on the ignorance and lack of understanding the rulers have.
"I said, “You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you;"
Or I have given you my name and power to rule your people in my stead, again keep Romans 13 in mind and you are sons in that you are representing my person, and bearing both my name and lively characters of my majesty and authority, as children bear the name and image of their parents.
"nevertheless, like men you shall die, and fall like any prince.”
Even though this title has been bestowed to you, you will die like mortal men.
"Arise, O God, judge the earth; for you shall inherit all the nations!"
A call for the true God to come and judge the earth.
In John 10, Jesus claims to be the Messiah and the Jews are about to stone him for blasphemy and Jesus quotes Psalm 82 reminding the Jews that the Law refers to mere men—albeit men of authority and prestige—as “gods.”
"If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? "
If the law gives mere men the title of 'gods', then why do you say of the one the Father has made sacred and sent into the world is blaspheming for saying using his title, "Son of God". He is not claiming that people are actually Gods in the sense God is God.
originally posted by: Cinrad
We have been imbued with the power of God in this physical realm. Hence the being made in God's image. Also in Genesis Gen 1:26 God gives us our roles as His managers here on Earth "And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small."
So we were given power to make judgements like God does but we were to make them on his behalf, reflecting what His standards are, not our own. Satan deceived Eve into thinking that she could make her own standards.
How do we know we were not to make our own standards? Because not only were we kings but we were priests too, doing what a priest does, representing the world to God.
Gen 2:15 The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.
The Hebrew word for work in 2:15 (aw-bad) meant to work or serve. The Hebrew word for guard in the same verse (shaw-mar) meant to guard or care. Whenever these same two words occur together in the OT it is always in the context of priestly service.
Num 3:8; 8:26; 18:7; Deut 11:16; 12:30; 13:4; 2 Sam 22:44; 1 kgs 9:6; Isa 56:6; Jer 16:11; Hos 12:12; Mal 3:14; compare Eek 44:14.
In Genesis 2, Eden is presented as a sanctuary (2:9-17). It had the presence of God ; the tree of knowledge in the middle ; a river flowed from it ; and is described elsewhere as the holy mountain of God – the same imagery used for the temple .
Not so easily understood today is that in Eden Adam also occupied a priestly role. Humankind was put in this sanctuary. Who lives and works in a sanctuary?