John Tng (13 Nov 1997)
"Psalm 82 & the Galilean"

Psalm 82 points to 1982 in two interesting events. Both events have to do with Galilee. Galilee is the northern part of Palestine where Jesus grew up in. The LORD is known as a "Nazarene" (Mat 2:23), or "Jesus of Galilee" (Mat 26:69), or "Jesus of Nazareth" (Mat 26:71) although He was born in Bethlehem the town of David.

This fact confounded the Jews and the Pharisees in Jesus' days. The Jews asked, "How can the Christ come from Galilee? Does not the Scripture say that the Christ will come from David's family and from Bethlehem, the town where David lived?" (John 7:41,42 NIV) The Pharisees told Nicodemus emphatically, "Are you from Galilee, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of Galilee."

Galilee became a stumbling block to the Jews and the teachers of the law. Even Nathanael, described as a true Israelite by Jesus, expressed surprise about Nazareth -- "Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?" Nathanael asked. "Come and see," said Philip. (John 1:46 NIV).

They were all looking intently at Bethlehem the town of David and they missed Jesus of Galilee. Psalm 82 focuses our attention on YESHUA of Nazareth. Where are the hidden prophecies?

#1 I SAID, 'YOU ARE "GODS" ' (Ps 82:6). This is one revealing clue planted in this psalm. Make no mistake about these "gods" -- they are mere mortals! "I said, 'You are "gods"; you are all sons of the Most High.' But you will DIE LIKE MERE MEN; you will fall like every other ruler." (Ps 82:6,7 NIV)

While it is comforting to know we who are all sons of the Most High, are "gods" as pronounced in this psalm, I believe this is NOT the emphasis. Intriguingly, Jesus used this psalm to defend His divinity!

The Jews wanted to know whether Jesus was the Christ. Jesus admitted yet the Jews refused to believe. Jesus went on to say He and the Father are one. The Jews were enraged and wanted to stone Him because they said Jesus was merely a man and not God. Then, quoting Psalm 82, Jesus answered them, if God calls the people 'gods', (the people to whom the word of God came, i.e. Israel and Church), then surely there was nothing outrageous about His claim that He is God's Son, not to mention He is the Anointed One set apart by the Father!

JEWS FOR JESUS (1982). I believe this hidden clue -- "You are gods", refers to the recognition that Yeshua is the Messiah of the Jews, after nearly two thousand years, by the group Jews for Jesus, when they launched a campaign to reach fellow-Jews through the secular media in 1982.

This may not be a significant event for the world, but, in God's redemption plan, 1982 is surely a very significant year with the announcement, "The Messiah Has Come and His Name is Y'shua.", made by Jews for Jesus. A time will come (soon I suspect), when all the Israelis will say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." (Luke 13:35 NIV)

#2 JESUS OF GALILEE. John 7 records Jesus' entry into Jerusalem in the middle of the Feast of Tabernacles. The entire chapter brought the question -- "Is Jesus the Christ?" into sharp focus.

These were the questions asked --

and these are the responses of unbelief --

Although there were some who put their faith in Jesus, by and large the Jews did not believe in the Man from Galilee. It is interesting that the Apostle John seems to be emphasizing the part about Galilee. The word "Galilee" occurs 66 times in Scripture (KJV). In John 7 alone, 5 times were recorded!!!!! The emphatic reply of the Pharisees, "Are you from GALILEE, too? Look into it, and you will find that a prophet does not come out of GALILEE." (v52), became a part of Scripture, to their eternal shame!

I believe Israel's invasion into Lebanon in June 1982 is hidden in Ps82 and it seems also to amplify the fact that Yeshua of Galilee is the Messiah, coinciding with the proclamation by Jews for Jesus in 1982.

GALILEE & THE GALILEAN. The Lebanon War in the Middle East turned the spot light on GALILEE while the "Y'shua is the Messiah" campaign organised by Jews for Jesus in the USA proclaimed Jesus the GALILEAN as the Messiah to the Jews. Both events happened in 1982. Both events are hidden in Psalm 82.

#3 THE LEBANON WAR (1982). Although in this war, Israel was sharply criticised by the world community for being the aggressor, the fact remains that "Arafat's terrorists had continually harassed the Israeli nation. After a renewed round of Ketusha rockets, Menachem Begin decided the nation had suffered enough." (TIME) The constant harassment of the PLO seems to be described by the Psalmist in the following verses,

The last verse of Ps 82 justifies the Israeli occupation of Palestine - "Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your INHERITANCE." (v8)

#4 THEY KNOW NOTHING, THEY UNDERSTAND NOTHING. THEY WALK ABOUT IN DARKNESS. (Ps 82:5) This verse seems like an indictment on the unbelieving Jews and Pharisees who rejected Yeshua. Ironically, both groups claimed to know where the Christ was supposed to come from -- definitely NOT GALILEE!!

The Jews were confident when they said --

The Pharisees were even more authoritarian in their claim to knowledge --


CONCLUSION. Galilee -- the stumbling block that blinded the eyes of the Jews and Phaisees was the focus of the Lebanon War in 1982. The proclamation of Jews for Jesus in 1982 that "The Messiah Has Come and His Name is Y'shua.", seemed to force the Israelis to re-consider the Galilean they nailed to the cross two thousand years ago. The phrase "You are gods" in Ps82, used by Jesus to defend His divinity, is a strong clue that points to Jesus' claim to be the Messiah of the Jews.