Friday, March 15, 2013
“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?” (John 10:34 KJV).
What did Jesus Christ mean in today’s Scripture?
Jesus has just claimed to be equal with God, so the Jews desire to stone Him (verses 29-33). He justifies Himself by quoting Psalm 82:6, which is God speaking to human rulers: “Ye are gods” (today’s Scripture). Look at the larger context for understanding:
“Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?” (John 10:32-36).
As in Psalm 82, so in Christ’s day, Israel’s leaders and even the common Jews who claimed to be following JEHOVAH, were doing anything and everything but. They were wicked, despite their privileged position as God’s chosen earthly people.
Return to John chapter 10 now. Jesus Christ is basically saying that He can be rightly called “the Son of God,” and His working with God the Father verifies His claim (He healed the blind man in chapter 9). These Jews, however, merely claim to be of God—they do not do His will like God’s children do (John 1:12). Jesus Christ asks, “Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me and I in him” (John 10:36-38).
The (convicted) Jews understood Him… they tried to physically grab Jesus, but He escaped (verse 39)!