More Lordly Dialogues, this time with Psalms

El Greco Adoration of the Holy Name of Jesus

It calls them gods to whom the word of God came. (John 10:34)

Christ quotes a Psalm. The Psalm refers to the power delegated by the Supreme Divine Governor to judges and rulers of lower rank, that is, angels, demons, and men.

The Lord has, indeed, entrusted us with freedom, by which we exercise sovereignty over our lives. Another Psalm puts it like this, “What is man? Yet you have made him little less than a god. You have given him rule over the works of your hands and put all things at his feet.”

So the phrase ‘son of God’ applies to every human being, because we have all been endowed by our Creator with this freedom and sovereignty.

Then the Lord Jesus went on to say,

Can you say that the one whom the Father has consecrated and sent into the world blasphemes because I said, ‘I am the Son of God?’

In other words, the Lord Jesus appeals to our self-respect–our native human self-respect, which can get buried under a mountain of self-destructive nonsense, but which God Himself put into our heart of hearts.

Christ: “I call myself only what any beloved son or daughter of God has the right to call him- or herself. The human race is made up of one category of people: children of God. It is hardly blasphemy to acknowledge the truth of our birthright as God’s children. Rather, it offends the Almighty Father when we sell ourselves short, and think of ourselves as less than who He made us to be.’

Then the Messiah implores; He pleads; He practically begs us to believe in Him, which means believing in ourselves: ‘I have shown you great works. Indeed, I am divine. So when I stand tall as a man, as a human being, a son of the Most High, when I take pride in who I really am—stand with me! See, my word is verified by miracles! Do not doubt, but believe that I am God and that God loves you!’

…See how Christ shows us ourselves? How He allows us to know ourselves, in God’s truth, like we have never known ourselves before—because it has all lain hidden under a mountain of lies?

What is man? Who am I? The God-man in Whom we believe gives us the answer.


One thought on “More Lordly Dialogues, this time with Psalms

  1. Father Mark,

    Ah, yes; but can we remember our brotherhood when we’re angry at our brother (who let’s his dog out at 11:00 to bark and wake the baby), or when our sister (read as the wife for whom we’ve forgotten to bring home milk on the way back from work) is on our case — big time. Faith is not faith until put to the test. Thank God for his perseverance and persistence in forgiving us and loving us.

    In God we trust.



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