“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head” Matthew 8:20.
Isn’t it disturbing the number of people who claim to be “little gods” because they are a child of God when the only begotten Son of God referred to Himself as “Son of Man”? In the New Testament, “Son of Man” is used of Christ 86 times of Himself, yet we prefer to be called “little gods”.
“God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.” Psalms 82:1-8.
“I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” Psalms 82:6. Many of the television evangelist have taken this scripture completely out of context and used it to show us we are little “gods”. We must first understand the term “gods” in context. The term for God, the God of Israel, in Hebrew is Elohim when used in the singular sense. However, the term for gods, the earthly judges who represent God as in Moses case (Ex. 7:1), is elohim also – except in the plural case. So the “gods” spoken of here are the earthly judges or the representatives of God.
We are God’s representatives, right? So that makes us little “gods” as well. Not so fast my friend. Psalm 82 was written to ISRAEL. God had appointed Israel as judges and to be His representatives but they failed. “Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thous shalt inherit all nations.” Psalms 82:8. Jesus Christ, took up Israel’s Divine Purpose of being the Judge to Israel and all the nations…not me, not you but Jesus Christ. Sorry, but we are not “little gods”.
I have heard people condone the teachers of the “little god” theory because of all the good things they have done. May I remind you, as a sinner I use to do a lot of “good” things as well but I was still on my way to hell. The Word of God has been taken so out of context and promises made to Israel, whether fulfilled or not, have been claimed as our own. Just the other day in a conversation with a friend, we were talking about Romans 4:17, “…calls those things which be not as though they were.” To put this scripture in context, if God has said something to you, than by all means we call it. However, if He has not, it is nothing but presumption. How many of us have seen people walking around sick saying they aren’t “claiming it”. How are you going to get healed if you don’t say “Lord, I’m sick, help me?” God can’t bless a lie. If we’re sick, we’re sick whether we claim it or not.
All of that is another story for another day. I hope that it may cause you to question some of the things religion has taught us though and then you begin to seek out the Truth for yourself in the Word of God. I believe some of us would be quite humbled if we understood what we were teaching is not God’s way but man’s methods. Then again, not all like to be humbled. – Donna Warren