In Psalm 82:1, who are the other gods in the divine council?

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Wendy:

Kevin is asking, in Psalm 82:1 who are the other gods on the Divine Council?

Jay:

This is definitely stuff that I love digging into. And maybe you familiar with Michael Heiser and the work he’s done with unseen realm and things like that. I really appreciate all he’s done to really help raise awareness for people, that there’s a lot more going on behind the scenes than just what we see on planet Earth. There’s really whole other dimensions around where there are other beings. It’s kind of limited thinking to think there’s only us here on Earth, just humans. And then it leads to denial that then there’s even the devil and evil spirits and all this.

Jay:

So this is a great lead into that. So let’s take a look at that verse that he cites at Psalm 82, one. And let’s take a look at it. So in this translation, it says, New King James Version, God stands in the congregation of the mighty he judges among the gods. And then a lot of people freak out like, what? There’s other gods. But notice it’s lowercase gods, that word. There is just Elohim. That is a word that can mean God. Like when we read in the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth that was Elohim there for referring to God.

Jay:

And then we come to other parts of the Bible. And Elohim might be used to refer to Angels or other angelic beings. I mean, as we talked about last week, Angels just means messengers. It’s more of a position or a job role, as opposed to telling us about, like, this is a specific race of beams. So we have this heavenly Council that we are being told about here in Psalm 82. And then if we go down to like Daniel seven, let’s look at verse nine, Daniel seven and verse nine.

Jay:

Daniels having this vision. And he says, I watched till Thrones were put in place. The ancient of days was seated. His garment was white as known, and the hair of his head was like pure wall. And it says his throne was a fiery flame, its wheels of burning fire. And the next verse, we come to this great grand scene of there being thousands thousands ministered to him 10,000 times 10,000 stood before him. And for us, we’re like, those aren’t big numbers. But we have to understand for people who didn’t have calculators or computers, these are about the biggest numbers that they can wrap their heads around.

Jay:

So they’re saying there’s just this gigantic number of these beings. They are ministering to God in his counsel. And again, who are these people? Ministering, if you go to Hebrews One four, it talks about not all that are ministering. All Ministry spirits sent forth to Minister for those who are not those I can’t read it. Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to Minister for those who will inherit Salvation. Who is it talking to, if you go back to verse 13, tell us that it’s talking about the Angels, but to which of the Angels?

Jay:

So God uses this class of beings called Angels to sort of be his ministering spirits. They’re there always present in the counsel of the Lord. And there’s other beans. I mean, we could go on what’s really interesting. Job 116. This is really famous, right? A lot of people know this. It says now there was in the day there were some of the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord. And Satan also came among them. So who are the sons of God? But Adam is referred to as a son of God.

Jay:

And then we also see elsewhere. I believe it’s referring to Sunset God being again, the group of beings we call the Angels, but not necessarily exclusive to just them. But here’s an important insight as to who might be sons of God be because we’re told that Satan also comes to why is Satan showing up? And he’s sort of in this different class of these sons of God. If we look at John 1231, Jesus says, now is the judgment of the world. Now shall the Prince of this world be cast out?

Jay:

What is he talking about here, Satan? We call Satan at the time. Across the Prince of this world, he was in charge of this planet, and he had a right to go up to heaven and represent Earth in a sense. And that’s why we see him in the heavenly Council at the time of Job. And so we confer from this that if Satan was sort of the Prince of this world going to heaven, would it make sense then that the other world God has created also would have representatives that then we’ll go and then be present in the heavily Council.

Jay:

It gets really fascinating when we see just these little hints of what goes on. And so when we look at Luke 15 four, Jesus talks about what man of you having 100 sheep, if he loses, one of them does not leave the 99 in the wilderness and go after that which is lost until he finds it. Jesus is it just talking about here us as individuals that he’ll go find one of us lost as an individual. He’s talking about even the whole planet Earth. He left the Council of Heaven and access to all the other worlds he’s created and all these other glorious, wonderful, amazing beings to then become a human and be stuck on this planet Earth for a period of time, where there’s sickness, where there’s death, where there’s decay and bad smells and just everything to be with us and to save us and rescue us to me, that just makes the gospel even more amazing and helps us understand a bit more even the sacrifice Christ made to save us and be with us.

Jay:

So I hope that answered your question. A bit there. Devin, thank you for asking. I love this sort of stuff.

 

Tina:

Amen. Yeah.

Wendy:

I’ve always thought that was really interesting. And I think too.

Tina:

The Bible kind of Jesus talks about this passage of Scripture in the book of John, where if you keep going in that chapter in Psalms, down in verse, I believe six. It talks about that. I said, you are gods and all of your children of the most high. And Jesus quotes this in John chapter ten. And it says in your law that you are gods and the Pharisees didn’t understand it. And it’s just saying that those who you are like gods, if you share the word of God, so that in a sense, like you represent God to those around you, you’re an ambassador for the most high God when you share his word.

Tina:

And so it’s just so interesting to think of that, like God says, we are his witnesses. We are a Royal generation of Kings and priests that we’re supposed to show the character of God to those around us.

Jay:

And the Psalms say we’re made just a little bit lower than the Angels.

Wendy:

Yeah, that’s true.

Jay:

It’s incredible what even the human race is. And yet God is still we can’t come close to being God. But still, wow, be amazed what God has made us to be able to do.

Tina:

Exactly.

Wendy:

We’re made in God’s image.

Tina:

And I think that puts value on us. That is incomprehensible. And I think that that’s so important to remember, just as we are looking each other as human beings, this is somebody who’s made an image of God and God died for everybody. And God loves us anyway.

 

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