Psalm chapter 82 is a psalm that speaks pretty deep. Whenever it is read, some part of it generates excitement amongst believers (………..6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High……….), unknown to believers, this part of scripture actually calls for a reevaluation of the essence of existence.
This is what it says: “1 God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods. 2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah. 3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. 4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked. 5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course. 6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High. 7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes. 8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations. ”
In one of my write-ups titled “A Man of Like Passion (I)” and “A Man of Like Passion (II)”, I explained how God in His sovereignty created all things after their own kind and commanded them to be fruitful and multiply and replenish it and subdue it. This instruction was meted out by God to man in Gen. 1: 28.
Man had barely started accomplishing this task when he defied God’s set authority and handed over dominion to the devil. Courtesy of this, the devil who was out rightly against all that God is, decided to counter the order God had set in his sovereignty since he was now in place of power and authority. The bible refers to him as the prince of this world John 12:31, Eph. 2: 2 and other scriptures.
When Lucifer rebelled against God; when he proposed in his heart to exalt his throne above the stars of God, when iniquity was found in him (Isa. 14), scriptures tell us that there was a war, and Lucifer was flushed out of heaven. God is creator; Lucifer is creation and creator cannot descend as low as to contend or fight with creation; therefore, a fellow angel in the person of arch angel Michael, a prince of God was sent to flush Lucifer out of heaven, Rev. 12: 4-9 gives us these details “4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.
7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”.
It further tells us he (Lucifer) was cast into the earth. Courtesy of his casting down to the earth, a lot of catastrophe and pandemonium was wrought out.
This distorted the whole order of things and this led to the creation of man. God will be God in heaven and man will be god on earth (a goat can only reproduce a goat, likewise a sheep and a lion. This cannot be different for God). The heaven; even the highest heavens belong to God, and the earth, he has given to the sons of men, Psalm 115: 16.
From the point of man’s rebellion against the set authority of his maker, God began a recovery process.
This recovery plan could be traced to have travelled from Adam, Noah, Abraham, the Israelites in Egypt, the dispensation of judges, kings and prophets, and finally the dispensation of Jesus Christ who is the son of God. (a bit of this was said in “When Is It Rightly The Word Of God Or Sorcery (I)”) When Jesus walked this earth, He opened the way and the portal for the final recipe of the intended recovery of God’s plan: The dispensation of the Holy Spirit, which is where we all are.
Within this recovery process, there is a conflict.
Psalm 24 tells us that the earth is the Lords’ and its fullness thereof. The dominion of the earth however was handed over to the devil in Gen. 3. When Jesus died on the cross, he descended to the dead and contended with the gates of hell for three days, after which he arose, having collected the dominion from the devil; he returned the dominion to man.
“19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all” Eph. 1: 19-23.
“13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it” Col. 2: 15.
It was on the strength of this that he said “……..18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matt. 28: 18.
The devil never gives up without a fight. Whenever kingdom is in view, negotiation is an option that very seldom exist. Unlike modern days when memorandum of understanding are usually signed, in old times, the best was a truce. But majorly, it is a contention and the one who is more powerful takes the loot.
The kingdom of God which is now operational in our heart and consequently on the earth is one that will not take negotiation into cognizance; for what fellowship does light have with darkness; or the sons of God and the sons of belial?
“14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Hab. 2:14.
When water waves come to the shores, it comes with so much power and seems like nothing can stand in its way, but glory to God for his word says ……. “ 8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors,5 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?” Job 38: 8-11.
In the same vein shall the kingdom of God trounce and subjugate any other kingdom, and reign sovereign, supreme and eternal; with no form of negotiation, rather an absolute displacement.
As ambassadors and emissaries of the kingdom of God, we are saddled with the responsibility to ensure that Gods kingdom that reigns in our hearts find expression and can be seen and felt by men around. Little wonder Jesus said, let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father who is in heaven. Having shown forth that light, we must further enthrone and enforce the statutes and ordinances of the one we represent in the territory we find ourselves.
We are to show forth the excellence of his glory and person, even as we excel in his strength as like unicorns.
Although this fete I believe ought to be one that is seamless and flawless and hitch free, this however seems to be contrary in most cases.
To be continued ………………