“For you are ‘gods’ (elohim)!”
John 10:34 “Messiah answered them, ‘Is it not written in your Torah, ‘I have said you are gods? So the Torah uses the word ‘god’ (elohim) of those to whom the Word of God was addressed – and Scripture can not be rejected.‘” This bolded text portion, a statement by Messiah Himself, should be foremost in our minds in the further part of this review: Scripture (Torah) can NOT be rejected, whether we like it or not; whether it suites our theories or not – and ultimately, whether it implies what may seem to us to be an absurdity or not!
In this astonishing statement, YAHU’SHUAH referred the Jews who were stoning Him “for claiming to be God” (verse 33). to a statement regarding Judah, which is contained in the Word of YHVH and which claims that Judeans were ‘gods’!
Let us read this statement straight from the Scriptures:
Psalm 82:1 “God (Elohim) stands in the divine assembly (amongst His elected). Among the gods (elohim) He dispenses Justice … (v. 6) I once said, ‘You too are gods (elohim) – sons of the Most High, all of you!’”
Note, that YHVH is addressing His elect with this bold statement. But, of whom did He say this, ‘You too are gods”?
Exodus 7:1 “YHVH said to Moses, ‘See, I make you god (elohim) to Farao, and Aaron your brother is to be your prophet…”
From Exodus 21:7 and Deut 19:17 it is clear that the judges and rulers of Judah of old, in these designations, were referred to as ‘elohim’ (gods). YHVH mandated them with His own Rulership, as a King designates his authority and rule to his subordinates; as a CEO of a business corporation designates the management of his company to his board of directors.
The question that those Messianics who reject Rabbinic authority has to answer to, is whether such subordinates have to be obeyed and consulted for leadership and execution of the will and requirements of their superiors?