Walk in Wisdom – Gleanings from the Scripture
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’?
Jesus’ enigmatic words here, are in fact a quote from Psalm 82.6. In it, as Jesus confronts the Jews with their failure to recognize Him as the Messiah, and with the gross injustice of their desire to stone Him for declaring Himself the Son of God. In the process, as we are called back to consider the context from which His words came, we are confronted with an amazing picture – one which every Christian needs to consider well.
Psalm 82 embodies a scenario where God is coming down among men to see how it is we dispense justice. It is a Psalm of admonition. Nowhere is man’s origin seen more keenly, nor our fallen departure from it, than when we consider the nature of injustice among us.
Man as made in the image of God, as His vice-regent on the earth, had committed into our hands the grace and duty of administering justice. In dispensing justice, we are at our most god-like. Or at least we should be. This is why we read in Romans 13 to: “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God…whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment…rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad…he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain…he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”
Christians are a people who are to be deeply concerned with justice. Both inside and outside of the church. We are to decry injustice wherever and whenever we see it. In our churches as well as in our government. In our ministries” as well as in our relationships. God is a God of justice, since He is by His very nature – just. He cannot pervert it under any circumstances. Hence the need for the substitutionary death of Christ at Calvary. Hence, the reason for us to live in great confidence and hope in many things.
Note well then, that there is no injustice in this life, which will not be righted in the next. Are you the victim of injustice now? Fear not. “Vengeance is mine says the Lord.” Second, do you struggle with the nature of Hell? Remember, God is just. He cannot over-punish any more than He can under-punish. All will be carried out in perfect justice. God is aware of all injustices, far and wide. And you may rest assured beloved, all WILL be dealt with in due time. Have you suffered unjustly at the hands of others? Remember: “When he [Christ] was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly” (1 Peter 2:23). We can too.