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Psalm 82 - Judges Rule As gods, On behalf of God

John Young

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The two branches of God's rule on earth is the Church and the Courts. In Psalm 82 we deal with the authority that God has given to the Judges of the earth. We learn that they are treated as "gods" because they have been given authority from God to dispense His justice, over Mankind, on His behalf. While this Authority is invested primarily in the Judges it also extends over and applies to the executives as the executors of the judge's ruling of the Law.

In this sermon we deal with the Judges roles in a civilized society and their responsibility before God to Judge in righteous Judgement. We also deal with the responsibility of Christians to do their best to make sure righteous and godly men are appointed to the rule of law in our Nations. We also deal with the fact that as Christians, it is better to settle our civil (not criminal) problems outside of court, and even suffer to be defrauded, rather than allow an unrighteous judge to rule over disputes among Believers.

We also show how the same Spirit that gives the Judge his authority is in every New Testament Believer. This Spirit was called by Christ as "the Word of God" by which the Judges were to discern righteous judgement (John 10:34-36). Therefor we also, as the Sons of God, should also make righteous judgments and actions as they pertain to our own lives and relationships, as God will also hold us accountable in following His Word.

Preached: December 12, 2018 Wednesday Night. By Pastor John Young, at Edgecliff Baptist Church, Spokane Valley, WA. https://www.facebook.com/EdgecliffCBC/

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Thank you for the exposition of Psalm 82. Psalm 82 is a very difficult chapter to properly interpret.

I do especially appreciate your quoting Matthew 23:39 spoken from the Jews in the end times.

And, God is the supreme Judge in  Heaven.

Micah3:1 is very appropriate in these days, in every country, in every government, and in every age.

 

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    • behold, all things are become new

      My salvation is fully accomplished (John 19:30).
      I have eternal life as a present possession (John 5:24; 6:47; 1 John 5:11-13).
      I have Jesus Christ as my present possession (1 John 5:12).
      I know the one, true God (John 17:3; 1 John 2:3; 5:20).
      I have been saved by His grace (Eph. 2:1-10).
      I have been justified by His grace (Tit. 3:7).
      I have passed from death unto life (John 5:24; 1 John 3:14).
      I have been quickened (made alive) by God (Eph. 2:1,5; Col. 2:13).
      I have been made fit for heaven (Col. 1:12).
      I have the forgiveness of sins (Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14).
      My sins have been taken away (John 1:29; Heb. 9:26; 1 John 3:5).
      My sins have been completely purged (Heb. 1:3).
      My sins will never be remembered by God (Heb. 8:12; 10:17).
      I have been washed (1 Cor. 6:11; Tit. 3:5; Rev. 1:5).
      I will walk with Christ in white (Rev. 3:4-5).
      I have been healed by His stripes (1 Pet. 2:24).
      I have been forgiven all trespasses (Col. 2:13; 1 John 2:12).
      I have been fully justified (Rom. 4:5; 8:30; 1 Cor. 6:11; Gal. 2:16; Tit. 3:7).
      I am reconciled to God (2 Cor. 5:18-19; Col. 1:20).
      I am made nigh by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13).
      I am redeemed through His blood (1 Pet. 1:18,19; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14).
      I am redeemed from the curse of the law (Gal. 3:13).
      I am redeemed from all iniquity or lawlessness (Titus 2:14).
      I am bought with a price (1 Cor. 6:20; 7:23).
      I am delivered from so great a death (2 Cor. 1:10).
      I have been delivered from this present evil world or age (Gal. 1:4).
      I have been delivered from the power of darkness (Col. 1:13).
      I have been delivered from the wrath to come (1 Thess. 1:10).
      I will not come into condemnation or judgment (John 5:24; Rom. 8:1).
      I am a child of God (John 1:12; Rom. 8:16; Gal. 3:26; 1 John 3:1,2).
      I am a son of God (Gal. 4:5-7).
      I belong to Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:29; 5:24).
      I have been adopted (Gal. 4:5; Rom. 8:15,23).
      I am an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (Rom. 8:17; Tit. 3:7).
      I am an heir of the grace of life (1 Pet. 3:7).
      All things are mine (1 Cor. 3:21-23).
      I possess all things (2 Cor. 6:10).
      I will inherit all things (Rev. 21:7).
      I am enriched by Christ in everything (1 Cor. 1:5; 2 Cor. 9:11).
      I am a fellow heir (Eph. 3:6).
      I am rich because of Christ (2 Cor. 8:9; Rev. 2:9).
      I am blessed with every spiritual blessing (Eph. 1:3).
      I have obtained an inheritance (Eph. 1:11,14; Heb. 1:14; 9:15; 1 Pet. 1:4).
      I have been appointed to obtain salvation (1 Thess. 5:9; Heb. 1:14).
      I am His inheritance (Eph. 1:18).
      I am a partaker of His promise in Christ by the gospel (Eph. 3:6).
      I am a new creature (creation) in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10; 4:24; Col. 3:10).
      I have been renewed by the Holy Spirit (Tit. 3:5).
      I am accepted and highly favored in the Beloved One (Eph. 1:6; cf. Matt. 3:17).
      I have been seated in heavenly places with Christ (Eph. 2:6).
      I am to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:6,12).
      I am light in the Lord (Eph. 5:8).
      I am a child of light (Eph. 5:8; 1 Thess. 5:5).
      I am a "peculiar person," even God's special, purchased possession (Tit. 2:14; 1 Pet.2:9).
      I am a priest who can offer spiritual sacrifices (Heb. 13:15-16; 1 Pet. 2:5,9; Rev. 1:6; 5:10;20:6).
      I am a king who will reign (Rev. 1:6; 5:10; 20:6).
      I am privileged to have fellowship with the Father and with the Son (1 John 1:3).
      I dwell in Christ (John 6:56; 1 John 3:24; 4:13,15,16).
      Christ dwells in me (John 6:56; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 3:24; 4:12-16).
      I am in Christ (John 14:20; 2 Cor. 5:17).
      Christ is in me (John 14:20; Col. 1:27; Rom. 8:10; 1 John 4:4).62. The Spirit of God dwells in me (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 3:16; Eph. 2:21-22).
      The Spirit of God dwells (John 6:56; Gal. 2:20; 1 John 3:24; 4:12-16).
      I am not in the flesh but in the Spirit (Rom. 8:9).
      My "earthen vessel" houses a great Treasure (2 Cor. 4:7).
      My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19).
      I have been blest with the gift and pledge of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22; Gal. 4:6; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Thess. 4:8; Tit. 3:6; 1 John 3:24; 4:13).
      I have an anointing (unction) from the Holy One (1 John 2:20,27).
      I am one of the "called" of Jesus Christ (Rom. 1:6; 8:28-30; Jude 1; Rev. 17:14).
      I have been called unto the fellowship of God's Son (1 Cor. 1:9).
      I have been called unto eternal glory (1 Pet. 5:10).
      I have been called with a holy calling (2 Tim. 1:9).
      I am a partaker of the high, heavenly calling (Phil. 3:14; Heb. 3:1).
      I have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Pet. 2:9).
      God foreknew me (Rom. 8:29; 1 Pet. 1:2).
      God predestined me to be conformed to Christ's image (Rom. 8:29; Eph. 1:5,11).
      I have already been glorified according to God's mind and purpose (Rom. 8:30).
      I am eternally secure in God's love (Rom. 8:38-39).
      I am chosen in Christ (Eph. 1:4; Col. 3:12; 1 Thess. 1:4; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 17:14).
      I have been chosen to salvation (2 Thess. 2:13).
      I am complete in Christ (Col. 2:10).
      I am beloved of God (Col. 3:12; 2 Thess. 2:13).
      I am chastened and disciplined by my Heavenly Father (Heb. 12:6-7).
      I am part of that group that Christ is not ashamed to call His "brethren" and "friends" (Heb. 2:11; John 15:14-15).
      I am a child of Abraham (Gal. 3:7).
      I am Abraham's seed (Gal. 3:29).
      I enjoy the blessing of Abraham (Gal. 3:9).
      I am a child of promise (Gal. 4:28,31).
      I am faithful (Rev. 17:14).
      I am a sheep in His flock (Luke 12:32; Heb. 13:20; 1 Pet. 2:25).
      I am a member of His body (1 Cor. 10:17; 12:27; Eph. 3:6; 4:25; 5:30).
      I am a stone in His building (Eph. 2:20-22; Heb. 3:6; 1 Pet. 2:5).
      I am a branch in the Vine (John 15:1-7).
      I am a child of the kingdom (Matt. 13:38; compare Mark 10:14-15).
      I am born again into His family (John 1:12-13; James 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:3,23; 2:2; 1 John 5:1).
      I am one of God's people because He graciously claims me as His own (1 Pet. 2:10; Rev. 21:7).
      I am a fellow citizen with the saints (Eph. 2:19).
      I was baptized into Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27).
      I was identified with Christ in His death (Rom. 6:3-6,8-11; 2 Cor. 5:14; Col. 2:12,20; 3:3).
      I was identified with Christ in His resurrection (Rom. 6:5,8,11; 2 Cor. 5:15; Gal. 2:20; Col. 2:12; 3:1).
      I died to sin (Rom. 6:2).
      My "old man" was crucified with Christ (Rom. 6:6).
      I have been crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20).
      I have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts (Gal. 5:24).
      I am alive unto God (Rom. 6:11,13; Gal. 2:19,20).
      Christ is my life (Phil. 1:21; Col. 3:4).
      I can walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:4).
      I can serve in newness of spirit (Rom. 7:6).
      I can live unto righteousness (1 Pet. 2:24).
      I died to the law (Rom. 7:4; Gal. 2:19).
      I am delivered from the law (Rom. 7:6).
      I am not under the law but under grace (Rom. 6:14).
      I have God's laws written in my heart (Heb. 10:16).
      I am married to Jesus Christ (Rom. 7:4).
      I am a partaker of Christ (Heb. 3:14).
      I am identified with Christ in His suffering (2 Tim. 2:12; Phil. 1:29; 1 Pet. 2:20; 4:12-13; 1 Thess. 3:3; Rom. 8:18; Col. 1:24).
      The knowledge of God is made known by me (2 Cor. 2:14).
      The savor (aroma) of Christ is made known by me (2 Cor. 2:15-16).
      I am an epistle of Christ (2 Cor. 3:3).
      I am being changed into Christ's glorious image (2 Cor. 3:18).
      I am being perfected (Phil. 1:6).
      My inward man is being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16).
      I have put on Christ (Gal. 3:27).
      I am not of the world (John 17:14,16).
      The world is crucified unto me (Gal. 6:14).
      I am crucified unto the world (Gal. 6:14).
      I am separated unto the gospel of God (Rom. 1:1).
      I am set apart and sanctified in Christ Jesus (1 Cor. 1:2; 6:11; Heb. 10:10; Jude 1).
      I am holy (Col. 3:12; Heb. 3:1; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 20:6).
      I am clothed in His righteousness (Rev. 19:8).
      I am a saint (1 Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2; Rom. 1:7).
      I am faultless in Christ (Eph. 5:27; Col. 1:22; Jude 24).
      I am perfected forever (Heb. 10:14).
      I am not my own (1 Cor. 6:19).
      I am called unto holiness (1 Thess. 4:7).
      I am a citizen of heaven (Phil. 3:20).
      I am a stranger and pilgrim who is not at home in this world (Heb. 11:13; 1 Pet. 2:11).
      I have been translated into the kingdom of the Son of His love (Col. 1:13).
      I am circumcised in my heart (Col. 2:11; Phil 3:3; compare Deut. 10:16).
      My faithful God will sanctify me wholly (1 Thess. 5:23-24).
      My faithful God will keep me from evil (2 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 4:18).
      Christ has made me free, free indeed (John 8:32-36; Gal. 5:1; 1 Cor. 7:22).
      Jesus Christ is my Deliverer (Rom. 7:24-25).
      I am free from sin (Rom. 6:7,18,22).
      The law of the Spirit of Life has made me free from the law of sin and death (Rom. 8:2).
      I am God's servant or slave (Rom. 6:22).
      I am Christ's servant or slave (1 Cor. 7:22).
      I am a servant or slave of righteousness (Rom. 6:18).
      I have been called unto liberty (Gal. 5:13).
      I have the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16).
      I have a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7).
      Christ has given me an understanding (1 John 5:20).
      I have the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21).
      I have all sufficiency in all things (2 Cor. 9:8).
      I have all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3).
      I can ever be content for I have Christ (Heb. 13:5).
      I have all the armor and weapons I need (2 Cor. 10:4; Eph. 6:10-17).
      I have God's all-sufficient grace (2 Cor. 12:9).
      I have grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).
      I have God's power (Eph. 1:19; 3:20).
      I have access to the Father (Eph. 2:18; Heb. 4:16).
      I have a great High Priest (Heb. 2:17-18; 3:1; 4:14-16; 8:1; 10:21).
      I have an unfailing Intercessor (Heb. 7:25; 9:24; Rom. 8:34).
      I have a righteous Advocate with the Father for times when I sin (1 John 2:1).
      I have peace with God (Rom. 5:1).
      Christ is my peace (Eph. 2:14).
      I have rest for my soul (Matt. 11:28-29; Heb. 4:9).
      I am led by the Spirit of God (Rom. 8:14).
      I am enabled during trials and temptations (1 Cor. 10:13).
      I am given assurance by the Spirit (Rom. 8:16; Heb. 6:18).
      I am given comfort by God (2 Cor. 1:3-7).
      I am tranquilized by His peace (Phil. 4:7).
      I am freely given truth and knowledge by the Spirit (1 Cor. 2:12).
      I am not distressed (2 Cor. 4:8).
      I am not in despair (2 Cor. 4:8).
      I am not forsaken (2 Cor. 4:9).
      I am not in darkness (1 Thess. 5:4).
      God is my Sufficiency (2 Cor. 3:5).
      God is my Strength (2 Cor. 12:9-10; Phil. 4:13).
      God is my Helper (Heb. 13:6).
      I belong to a Sovereign God who works all things together for my good (Rom. 8:28).
      All things are for my sake (2 Cor. 4:15).
      My God is for me (Rom. 8:31).
      My every need is supplied (Phil. 4:19).
      I am a laborer together with Christ (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor. 6:1).
      I am His workmanship (Eph. 2:10).
      God works in me (Phil. 2:13; Heb. 13:21).
      God's Word works in me (1 Thess. 2:13).
      I am sealed by God (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13).
      I am on the Rock, Christ Jesus (Matt. 16:18; 1 Cor. 3:11).
      I am established securely in Christ (2 Cor. 1:21; 2 Thess. 3:3).
      I am kept by the power of God (1 Pet. 1:5).
      I am preserved in Jesus Christ (Jude 1).
      I am kept from falling (Jude 24).
      I have a building of God eternal in the heavens (2 Cor. 5:1).
      My name is forever written in heaven (Luke 10:20).
      I am more than a conqueror, even a super-conqueror (Rom. 8:37).
      I have victory through Christ (1 Cor. 15:57).
      I have overcome the world (1 John 5:4-5).
      I always triumph in Christ (2 Cor. 2:14).
      I am indwelt by the victorious Christ who is greater than Satan (1 John 4:4).
      Satan cannot touch me (1 John 5:18).
      I have a living hope (1 Pet. 1:3).
      I have a glorious future (Rom. 8:18; 2 Thess. 2:14).
      I have been given eternal encouragement and good hope through grace (2 Thess. 2:16).
      I will be preserved unto His heavenly kingdom (2 Tim. 4:18).
      I am receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved (Heb. 12:28).
      I have a place reserved in heaven for me (John 14:2,3; 1 Pet. 1:4).
      I will eat of the tree of life (Rev. 2:7).
      I will not be hurt of the second death (Rev. 2:11; 20:6).
      I will have a new name (Rev. 2:17; 3:12).
      I will have power over the nations (Rev. 2:26; 5:10).
      I will not have my name blotted out of the book of life (Rev. 3:5).
      I will be a pillar in God's temple (Rev. 3:12).
      I will sit with Christ in His throne (Rev. 3:21).
      I will be with my God forever (Rev. 21:3-4).
    • “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12 KJV). One can only imagine what it must have been like for Jacob to wake up that morning after his marriage to Rachel only to find out that her cross-eyed sister was looking back at him across the pillow. Such a thing would be nightmarish in our western culture. I believe that we would be fit to be tied! After the shock wore off, though, Jacob had to abide by the custom of the land. One day, his agonizing wait was over and his truly beloved was by his side, his great desire had come. We that are saved have a great desire and it is found in 1 John: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (I John 3:2-3 KJV). We have a great desire for a coming day when we will be like our Saviour, to be as He is. Until then, our hearts are sick with not only the anticipation of waiting, but with the agony of not being like Him. How our heart melts as we consider that we are still so far from that likeness. Yet, because of our heartsickness, we strive to be pure as he is pure, and Jesus’ Blood is ever near to cleanse us and make us right. Still yet, the pain of our personal failures is heartbreaking. We, as the church, are in possession of a quite blessed hope, as Paul reminds us: “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:11-14 KJV). This holds for us both the glorious anticipation of our Lord’s return for us, His bride, at the rapture and the reminder that we will be purified and saved from the very presence of sin. Our heart is often heavy as we watch a loved one leave this world in death, and wish that the Lord had only come already, but we have a hope (assured knowledge) that we will see them again one day, because we “sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.” But our hope will be deferred, just for a little while. Our hope is a real hope! It is not like the hope I had in a birthday present that I yearned for weeks to possess only to shove it in a closet the day after because the joy was but fleeting. Our hope in heavenly things will far surpass the wonders of it all, when we see our loved ones, when we see our new home, and when we see Jesus! And when we are like Him at last. Father, only You can fill our hearts with a grandeur that the world can never give, and it can never take away. We thank you for the promises of Your Word, and only wish that the lost world could understand what is ours can be theirs by simply coming to You for life. Use us in Your field today, Amen.
    • “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge: but he that hateth reproof is brutish” (Proverbs 12:1 KJV). “Whoso loveth instruction loveth knowledge . . .” If you love knowledge, then obviously you have to love instruction, because that is how you get it. Not a whole lot to that, just a axiom, just a truth, We learn through correction. Learning is often called a discipline. One must discipline themselves if they are to excel in learning a subject. It is not a pleasant thought to think that the pilot of the 747 you are riding in got through his studies by the skin of his teeth, or the doctor about to open up their chest cavity and explore the recesses of your heart was more interested in partying and drinking. We would hope that we are being treated by the utmost of professionals. The best way to learn a trade is to work as an apprentice under a master. That specialized type of one-on-one training is priceless. This is also true of the spiritual life. If we want to learn to please God and be the right kind of believer, we have One that said, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29 KJV). He is certainly our example, not to become saved, but to live a holy life after we are saved. Also, Paul tells us, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (I Corinthians 11:1 KJV). How many good and faithful pastors have learned more about their trade under the tutelage of the Apostle Paul then they could ever learn from their professors in Bible college? But . . . “But he that hateth reproof is brutish.” He’s like an animal. Did you ever try to teach a cow anything? Did you ever try to teach an animal something? I mean other than ‘come’, ‘go’, ‘sit’, etc.? A person that hates reproof is just like an animal. There just isn’t any hope for them. Honestly, what can you do for someone that just refuses to learn? They are only interested in self-gratification, self-preservation, and self-propagation. The best dog you got is only interested in that. When a man won’t learn the principles of life and to be above those things, are no better than animals. “But he that hateth reproof is brutish.” Our society seems to be geared to appease these brutish people. In our country, an able-bodied, healthy man, can get on government doles and be handed a living while he sits around the house all day collecting a check. He is content to allow hard working Americans to pay his way through their tax dollars, and it isn’t just a handful of welfare recipients, but whole cities full of them. And their only contribution to society is to somehow make it to the polls where he votes for the party which promises to continue to hand him free things. I’ve been in their homes, and in many ways, they are enjoying life and have more things than those that sweat day-in and day-out to earn their living. “But he that hateth reproof is brutish.” You take an evolutionist. He is brutish. He will not accept reproof, he will not believe what the Bible has to say about Creation, about God. And so, he winds up being a monkey’s uncle. And that is exactly his own claim—we came from the monkeys. They act like it. You go out here in the world and they dress like it, and they even smell like it. And they look like it. They get more brutish all the time. As a result, they hate reproof and they live for the body and the flesh, and for the lust of it. Father, You have so much to teach us if we have a mind to learn. Teach us that it is far better to be faithful to our convictions and to love Your Word more than our necessary food. Use us, Lord, to reflect You in our daily lives that others might see You in us. Amen.
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