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God and gods
Every entity in the spiritual world is a god. It’s not a rank. Titles like angel and demon are like functions/job descriptions.
2 Cor 4:4 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds....
Deut 32:17 They sacrificed to demons, not God, to gods that they knew not…
C] Dead humans. Dead Samuel is called a god.
1 Sam 28:13 ... I see a god coming up out of the earth.
14 ... And Saul perceived that it was Samuel ...
D] Sons of God. Psalm 82 shows there are many gods.
1 God (elohim) stands in the divine council (literally, council of El); among the gods (elohim) He pronounces judgment.
Yaweh precedes the council. Most high of the council
2 How long will you (plural) judge unjustly, showing favor to the wicked? Selah.
You refers the gods of verse 1. Those gods are corrupt.
3 Judge the wretched and the orphan, vindicate the lowly and the poor,
4 rescue the wretched and the needy; save them from the hand of the wicked.
Yahweh tells the corrupt gods from verse 1 how things should be done.
5 They neither know nor understand, they go about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth totter.
6 I said, ―you (plural) gods (elohim), sons of the Most High (beney Elyon), all of you (plural);
7 but you (plural) shall die as men do, fall like any prince.
Yahweh sentences the corrupt gods from verse 1 to death.
8 Arise (the command is singular), O God (elohim), judge (the command is singular) the earth, for you (singular) shall inherit all the nations.
Yahweh is going to inherit all nations, the whole world
The above can’t be about:
John 10:33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make yourself God.
John 10:34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods?
John 10:35 If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
John 10:36 Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, You blaspheme; because I said, I am the Son of God?
The Jews accuse Jesus of blasphemy. Jesus’ defense is referring to Ps 82. If the gods in Ps 82 would be human rulers or judges as some claim, Jesus’ defense would make no sense. Then He would say: I’m god and Ps 82 is about humans. What kind of good that defense would do. Nope, Jesus supported His own claim referencing to the God in Psalm 82 which the Jews accepted as inspired Scripture.
E] Among other gods
Ps 86:8 Among the gods there is none like to you, O Lord; neither are there any works like to your works.
Ps 95:3 For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
Ps 97:9 For you, LORD, are high above all the earth: you are exalted far above all gods.
Col 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Angels are worshipped as gods.
G] Elohim not being Yaweh
Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose Elohim is YAHWEH, the people He has chosen for His inheritance.
That implies the Elohim of, at least some, other nations isn’t Yaweh.
No gods besides Me
Isa 44:6 Thus said the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
That simply means nobody is equal or greater than Me, or not?
Zeph 2:15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelled carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passes by her shall hiss, and wag his hand.
Was there no other city than Nineveh?
Isa 47:8 Therefore hear now this, you that are given to pleasures, that dwell carelessly, that say in your heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
Was there no other city than Babylon?