(This reading is based on Psalm 82 read in accordance with the Revived by His Word initiative of the General Conferece of Seventh-day Adventists.)
Yahweh... God all by Himself! Without seeking to provide a commentary on whether or not what happened to Saddam Hussein was right or wrong - that he defied the court in which he was tried didn't prevent his ultimate sentencing and execution. Whether or not people acknowledge God - He is God and Judge of all... He rules - He is God all by Himself!
Free to Choose but Subject to Judgement Being created free moral agents we enjoy a certain freedom of opinion - the merit of which will be ultimately measured against God's own utterances (the absolute truth of His Word). It seems to be within the scope of this freedom that God would acknowledge what or whom we may deem or accept as our gods. Of course, whatever deeds we do in the name of these gods will be judged by the one true God. It is common sense to humbly choose to follow the one true God.
Satan's Impending Judgement I also see in this text a tacit reference to Satan, the god of this world (2 Cor 4: 4) who will be brought to book for all the deeds he has done. He has claimed worship. He has set up men who have themselves claimed worship. And many in their God-given freedom have acknowledged these wannabes as gods. But their destiny of doom has already been determined, and it's now only a matter of time.
Transparent Judgement God in this chapter is quite transparent, although not exhaustive, about the basis of His judgement, which at least at this stage gives human beings the opportunity to change their course. It remains to be seen what we'll do - whether as potential gods (based on fame, fortune, or affluence), or as potential followers of these gods. Of interest too is that in many instances being gods in our own eyes, we often sacrifice justice, morality, and righteousness on the altar of self-gratification. May the God of Heaven truly help us all.
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