This week’s Sunday Series post is a verse that was submitted by a reader. The question is about a verse that I have never heard used out of context, but I can imagine it could be confusing.
“Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’? If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and the Scripture cannot be broken— what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?” John 10:34-36
This is another example of context. Is Jesus calling them gods, or is He referring to something else?
First of all, where is this a cross reference to? In your Bible you will likely notice that it lists Psalm 82:6 somewhere there as the verse Jesus is mentioning. Psalm 82 very simply talks about how there are good princes and judges and bad princes and judges. The ones who are good are under the direction of God and the ones who are bad are restrained by God. In either case, they are under the complete control of God. This is an important thing to remember in our world today with all types of world leaders. God is ultimately in control of it all, whether they recognize it or not.
“I said, ‘You are “gods”;
you are all sons of the Most High.’
But you will die like mere men;
you will fall like every other ruler.” – Psalm 82:6-7
So, no Jesus is not saying they are gods, but he is calling them to make up their mind on something. You see, Jesus has been talking about Himself as the Good Shepherd and the gate by which all the sheep will enter. He has declared to them that He is in fact God and they knew it. We know this because they wanted to stone Him for blasphemy.
The phrase in question in verse 34 comes as a response to them. Jesus is basically saying to them that they have no issue with rulers being appointed by God, as in someone whom the Word of God comes, then why do they have such an issue with Him, the one whom God has set apart. Notice the difference? They rulers that god appoints have the Word of God come to them and Jesus, being the Word of God, was set apart by God.
Jesus is cleverly sharing who he is and definitely making them think. God was clearly active in their world and the fact that he stood right in front of them and said this irritated them.
Jesus calls them to take a position about who the say He is. They, by their stones, had given the right answer. (Son of God) They just refused to believe it was true.
It is important to not get caught up on the word ‘gods’ here because it is not ‘gods’ in the eastern religion sense. It is just a phrase that indicates the status of the rulers, but ultimately God’s rule over them.
Bottom line: God is Sovereign. He is the one in whom we place our trust. Who do you say that He is? Are you willing to accept Him for who He is?
Enjoy the Lord’s Day!