I was a music major in college.
Part of the academic study of music involves traditional harmony. Learning traditional harmony involves the explanation for why (in Western Music) certain chords resolve to certain chords and others don’t.
Without getting too technical, the basis for modern popular music (rock, pop, country, R&B, etc.) remains traditional harmony and there isn’t much variation. The reason for this is that our Western ears expect certain chord progressions. We know what sounds “good” or “normal”. We know what harmonies are “right” even if we can’t explain why.
Jesus claimed to be in harmony with His Father. His accusers found this dissonant and discordant. In the ongoing story in John 10, Jesus’ accusers had just said, “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” John 10:33, NIV.
And now in John 10:34-36, we read:
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”’? If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be set aside—what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?John 10:34-36
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Offering a defense of His words, Jesus counters to the Jewish leaders, “Is it not written in your Law…” (verse 34). By this, Jesus wasn’t disregarding the Old Testament. After all, the Old Testament (as we call it) WAS the Bible of Jesus, the Apostles, and the early church.
Jesus’ point here was stating the obvious (to them). The Jewish leaders held the Law (mainly the first five books of the Old Testament) in such high regard, there were points where they seemed to worship the Law more than the Giver of the Law, the Lord.
And in the Law they hold to such high esteem, Scripture uses the term “gods” to describe someone other than God Almighty. On the surface, Jesus is merely asking them why they’d stone Him for claiming to be God’s Son? After all, Israel was called the Son of God (They knew that, too).
Jesus is not backing down on His claims to deity. He’s certainly making a logical assertion: Scripture calls humans “gods” under certain circumstances; therefore, simply claiming to be God’s Son is not enough to cause to kill someone. After all, ANY Israelite could legitimately call themselves God’s son because Scripture already did. That would harmonize with Scripture.
They may not have liked it, but Jesus’ logic was irrefutable: Scripture uses the term in other ways so simply using the word is not blasphemy. Jesus should know…He’s was there when the Law was given.
If the ones to whom God gave the Law were called God’s Son (in Exodus 4:21-22), then how could they accuse the one of blasphemy who has been sent BY THE SAME FATHER into the world?
This point of Jesus’ argument is not to prove He is God’s Son. It is meant to establish, by way of their logic, that He is not guilty of blasphemy against the Father. On the contrary, Jesus was in perfect harmony with the Father.
But the reality is: Jesus IS the Son of God. He is the True Israel testifying of the One Who gave the Law. Jesus uniquely kept every part of the Law—in letter AND spirit.
And He has been sent into the world as God’s emissary to provide for the salvation of humanity. Only in His unique position as Son can His Holiness and Justice be satisfied.
There is no tension or conflict between the Father and Son. The mission was clear. The roles were clear. Scripture was clear. Between Them, there is harmony and unity.
Is there harmony and unity between Him and us? Do we really acknowledge He is the One sent into the world? If so, do we move when He says to move?
Are you so in tune with Him, you resonate with His voice?