Psalm 82 — When the judges will be judged

I think a lot of us get frustrated by the injustices we see in our courts.  People we know are guilty get set free, and the people they hurt are left even more wounded.

It’s not a new problem.  It was happening back in Bible times as well.  And God here pronounces judgment against them.

Just a brief note.  It’s very clear from the context that when it says he presides among the gods, that it’s used in a very ironic tone.  He calls these judges “gods” because they had the power and authority to pass judgment as God does.

It by no means can be interpreted (as the Mormons would claim) that men can become gods.  Note in verse 6, that it says to them, “You are gods” not “You will be gods.”  Even Mormons will not claim they are gods now.  Moreover, in the very next verse, he says, “I said you are gods, but you will die like mere men,” because they were mere men, and corrupt ones at that.”

Why was God bringing judgment upon them?

The answer is found in verses 2-4.

“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?  Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

He then says of them,

The ‘gods’ know nothing, they understand nothing.  They walk about in darkness.  (5)

The psalmist concludes by singing,

Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance.  (8)

So let us not get discouraged when we see the injustice that’s in the world.  The time will come when the wicked, and the judges that set them free will be called to account.  Though they may be unjust, God is not.  And he will bring judgment on the last day.


About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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