‘gods’ on trial

Psalm 82:1 God has taken his place in the divine council; in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:

‘gods’ on trial


Idolatry is looking to anything in creation to answer questions about you the Creator has already answered. –Judy Dabler

Often we ask some created thing, many times a good thing, to answer questions about us. We ask our jobs, our families, our hobbies, out looks, our intellect, or our skills to answer fundamental questions about us that God has already answered. We ask these created things to not only answer questions about us but to pass value judgment on us.

This Psalm of Asaph is a story about a judge and jury who are one and the same. God is passing judgment(v. 1, v. 8) on all the idols that hold sway over our life. Whenever we ask some created thing to answer questions of meaning, value, acceptance we grant them the ability to pass a verdict over us. God looks on man’s search for meaning and lovingly calls it as he sees it.(v.5) In His infinite mercy He describes us as, “weak,” “fatherless,” and “destitute.”(v.3) He does this as only a caring Father could. His desire is to adopt us, empower us, and grant us an inheritance. (v.8)

God the Father has passed judgment over us. Jesus Christ has accepted us and redeemed us. “Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”(Romans 15;7)  If God has already answered questions about us why would we look to anything else?

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