Psalm 82:1-8 A Lament By Asaph
Psalm 82:1-8 Here Come The Judges
Have you ever heard of a judge issuing an unfair sentence? Maybe they were too lenient or too strict. Whichever, you knew that the judgment was wrong. Maybe you’ve been the victim of an unjust judge. We seem to have a rash of unfair sentences with criminals being released to society these days. That will not happen in the reign of the Messiah in the Thousand-Year Millennial Kingdom (cf. Rev. 20:4). Sentencing will be fair and quick (cf. Rev. 19:15). Until that time, we have to deal with imperfect judges. In this psalm, Asaph asks Yahweh for justice for the judges themselves.
The Great Judge who rules over all other judges is Elohim (v. 1). Asaph was living in a time of corrupt government (v. 2). He wanted to see the weak and fatherless protected from the unrighteous (vv. 3-4). We will see the poor and needy defended and taken care of when Jesus reigns, not beforehand. We should try to elect people who will act righteously now but should also realize that we won’t see pure justice until the time of the Messiah.
Just like now, a lot of the judges in Asaph’s time were just dorks, throwing their weight around (v. 5).
Verse 6 is controversial. It was quoted by Jesus to prove to the Pharisees that He was God. He used an a fortiori argument, one with “the greater force.” They considered their judges “gods,” literally “elohim.” Therefore, Jesus was saying, if they considered their own judges gods, how much more should they consider Jesus God, who had the Father’s own stamp of approval (cf. John 10:34-36)?
Judges, and even parents, are God’s agents to keep order in the world. If they do not exercise their prerogatives justly, they will be judged just like any other men (v. 7, cf. Heb. 9:27).
Asaph asks Yahweh to arise and judge all who are guilty of wrong-doing, even judges (v. 8). He will do just that at the end (cf. Rev. 20:11-15; Ps. 2).
Proverbs 13:2-3 Aural Invocations
If we bless people with our mouths, and watch what we say, we will be blessed (v. 2a, 3a). Bad people just want to hurt others (v. 2b). They try to devastate others with what they say (v. 3b). We reap what we sow (cf. Gal. 6:7).