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2. Text: Explanation: This the first of several psalms about the Messiah. To begin, we’re directed to think about the “kings of the earth.” Their identity is pretty obvious. This is the right reaction of sinners in the presence of a holy and sovereign God. We’re speaking of the “people”. Well, it’s hard to easily tell because this word is used only here as a verb. But it’s vain to try to get away from the God who holds your very life in his hands. But this word can also refer to an ethnic group or groups. That’s who’s raging. Unbelief is a sin against the remedy. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. So, that’s part two of three. Gold mine. You did know it was an election for ISRAEL’S Prime Minister, didn’t you? Wow – remember the question that Pastor Fuller sought to answer in his sermon last Sunday? Verses 1 – 3: Though all the good kings of Israel were messiahs (God's kings) it is really about Jesus the Messiah. Christians are the possession of the Lord Jesus; they are to him for a name and a praise. Blessed will those be in the day of wrath, who, by trusting in Christ, have made him their Refuge. So, I believe this is speaking of the Davidic king – David, in particular. Again, “heathen” are simply non-Jews. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. It will lead inevitably to destruction. God the Father gives them to him, when, by his Spirit and grace, he works upon them to submit to the Lord Jesus. He speaks. External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. In response, God gives the nations the cosmic raspberry and ridicules their pride, claiming that he has set his king on Zion (verses 5–6). These ethnic groups are also meditating. In fact, Paul says in Acts 13:33 that the statement that God makes to David about begetting him actually also applies to Christ being raised from the dead. That’s verses 10 through 12. But went straight through history etc. It reminds me of the book of Revelation where Christ comes back on a white horse. If you didn’t, I can understand. In Psalm 2, the kings and rulers of these non-Jewish nations are conspiring against both the Lord and his anointed one. Psalm 2 – The Reign of the LORD’s Anointed. Whatever we rejoice in, in this world, it must always be with trembling, because of the uncertainty of all things in it. Our national media doesn’t give that much coverage to most elections for our own congressmen or governors! You may have heard the Hebrew word goy or goyim. They’re resisting and conspiring against God and his earthly representative. Again, these may be the same people as the ones identified as “kings”. They’re given the label “the heathen”. But the context of Psalm 2 is anything but neutral. Here it is: Submit to God’s Rule. New! Then we see repetition in verses 9 and 10 that mirrors verses 7 and 8. According to the Talmud, Psalm 2 is a continuation of Psalm 1. I think Psalm 2:9 is in view. We’re first of all told of God’s physical position. Commentary, Psalm 2, Cameron Howard, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2011. And every single one of us deserves his mocking and scorn. And then he speaks to the one who’s representing him on this earth and assures him that God has given him the right to rule. They’re meditating and scheming. And the Lord would be like his father. In David’s case in Psalm 2, they were the nations who opposed Israel and his own God-sanctioned rule over them. Well, what is the object of their meditation? That’s what they do. The kings of these nations are addressed directly again. They’re imagining a vain thing. Kings rule. And finally we have the last section in verses 10 through 12. "How blessed are all who take refuge in Him" The last line of Psalm 2 links to the first line of Psalm 1, possibly a literary technique called inclusio. Psalm 2 begins with a question: “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?” (verse 1). I wish I had the time to explore how the New Testament uses the Old. Well, what does “raging” look like anyway? But most of it. Comments Have your say about what … He is supremely patient and loving. If the king’s anger is kindled just a little – it doesn’t require much provocation in light of their past and even present rebellion. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Psalm 1 emphasizes God’s Law while Psalm 2 focuses on prophesy. It’s madness to fight the immortal God. Nonetheless, God provides protection from the uproar that rages in the earth. It says, “The idiom reflects ancient Near Eastern adoption language associated with covenants of grant, by which a lord would reward a faithful subject by elevating him to special status, referred to as "sonship." And the nations are pictured as being clay vessels. You could also say Gentiles. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? Hebrews 1:5 and 5:5 make it clear that God made the statement in Psalm 2:7 – “thou art my son, today have I begotten thee” – to Christ, the ultimate Davidic king. The psalm itself doesn’t explicitly tell us whether it’s speaking of David or one of his descendants. Christ's throne is set up in his church, that is, in the hearts of all believers. And when it’s quoted in the New Testament it’s not talking about David or Solomon. All those who run to him for refuge as you would run to a large rock that could provide protection from a raging storm. And – seeing as they have no need of such restrictions – they’d be happy to cast them aside. 3 “Let us break their shackles. But that’s just one aspect of his response. There’s widespread rebellion against this king. Who knows the power of his anger? And with a kiss of loyalty take this yoke upon you, and give up yourselves to be governed by his laws, disposed of by his providence, and entirely devoted to his cause. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. It’s blessed – Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. And why are they not happy? And God will see to it that that’s the case. Yeah, the clay vessel loses. If you were listening, I think you’d have to conclude that the land belongs to the nation of Israel. They’re unwelcomed. Well, what are these rulers up to? Because God promised them that land. Thank You that He took the punishment for our sins, so that by faith in Him, we also might be adopted into Your family and become sons of the living God. But he is angry at them. Now, based on that pretty forceful response from the Lord, what are these rebellious nations to do? They’re counseled to “be wise” or to gain insight, to pay close attention, to be sensible about the matter – in light of the threatenings! I thank God for you! He’s angry. He will conquer the hearts of His elect, drawing them all to Himself. What do they want to do? And it will be truly said then as it is now and has been forever – “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”. Submit to God’s Rule. What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? To draw near to the Davidic king and to submit themselves to him – just like all of Egypt did to Joseph, except for Pharaoh of course. And if they don’t take this counsel, they’ll perish from their present course of life – their “way” as we have it here. Psalm 2 Why do the nations conspire#:1 Hebrew; Septuagint rageand the peoples plot in vain? Isn’t this last line a perfect expression of that? 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. In fact, this kind of universal upheaval against God’s plans regarding Israel is something that’s contemplated in Psalm 2. It will be utter destruction to yourselves; lest ye perish in the way of your sins, and from the way of your vain hopes; lest your way perish, lest you prove to have missed the way of happiness. Psalms 55:2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;. Ver. God hath said unto him, Thou art my Son, and it becomes each of us to say to him, Thou art my Lord, my Sovereign'. Well, keep in mind that when God made the Davidic Covenant with David he told him that David’s sons would be like sons to the Lord. Now, let me quickly address where Psalm 2 appears in the New Testament. And Israel certainly occupied a portion of that land. In Matthew 17:1-9, the gospel reading for this Sunday of the Transfiguration of our Lord, the disciples catch a … Psalms 2:5. But what are they conspiring to do here in Psalm 2? But he doesn’t, yet. Verse 2. We know that God is love. Praying through Psalm 2:7 . So, last Tuesday (March 17, 2015) marked the election for the Israeli Prime Minister. The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that Christ executes the office of king by “subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies” (Q&A 26). When David and Solomon ruled Israel they reigned over those other nations and their kings. 2 is the LORD's contemptive response to the derisive nations (the kings of which THINK they rule) that the Messiah is the true king of all creation. Video Devotions on Psalm Two Rage, verses 1-4. Now we’re not speaking of the “heathen” anymore. Verse 5. How does one rage? They need to be broken asunder like Samson did with some of those ropes that Delilah put on him. In Acts 4:25-26 he repeated Psalm 2: 3. Now, this may sound a little strange to us. Even the peoples of Israel were involved in it. KJV Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The first Psalm was a contrast between the righteous man and the sinner; the second Psalm is a contrast between the tumultuous disobedience of the ungodly world and the sure exaltation of the righteous … And I don’t think I’m exaggerating to say that most of the media – and even our own president and other world leaders – weren’t happy about who won. PSALM 2 * A Psalm for a Royal Coronation. He points out that HE is the one who appointed this king against whom they’re rebelling. And it’s smashed into pieces. Kiss the Son, verse 12. So, I believe that this kind of a situation is what provoked the psalmist to write this psalm. Such gifts usually took the form of land and/or an enduring dynasty.”. Learn how your comment data is processed. There are numerous psalms which had immediate reference to David but have their ultimate fulfillment in David’s son, Jesus Christ. Non-Jewish people. He laughs and mocks. All who oppose this work do so in vain. In its noun form it simply has to do with gathering as a group. I found your commentary easy reading and useful for a study I am doing for a Life Group discussion. God hath said unto him, Thou art my Son, and it becomes each of us to say to him, Thou art my Lord, my Sovereign'. The word translated as “set” here appears in Joshua 1:5. I think the issue of God’s sovereign rule is unavoidable throughout the psalm. More Devotions on Psalm 2 Rage: Psalm 2:1-4 My King: Psalm 2:5-7 Ask: Psalm 2:8-11 Kiss the Son: Psalm 2:12. He’s coming with the armies of heaven. This our Lord Jesus often referred to, as what he governed himself by. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. Previous ones ignore the history and writer’s situation and jump straight to spiritualized christian applications. But you might not know it. Now, this word translated as “rulers” (RZN) appears 6 times in the Old Testament. Psalm 24 Commentary Verse 9. And we can only assume that their purpose is evil. He speaks, and it is done; he speaks in wrath, and sinners are undone. answer me, that is, grant me deliverance from this death which threateneth me.This is his sense, as appeareth by the sequel; though at present he could not instance, but only beggeth audience. . Well, what is Psalm 2 about? As a word made us, so a word can unmake us again. To welcome Jesus Christ, and to submit to him, is our wisdom and interest. It’s futile. I believe it’s speaking of ethnic groups or nations. This is where we’re given the reaction of the Lord to this international uprising against his reign. They’re speaking of it and ruminating on it. God also commands them to serve him with fear or reverence. This begins with reverencing God and submitting to His authority. The judges – or the ones who are supposed to administer justice in a society – are also addressed. And from his vantage point where he sees and knows everything perfectly, he takes an action that can seem a little odd to us. Psalm 2 is the second psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "Why do the heathen rage".In Latin, it is known as "Quare fremuerunt gentes".Psalm 2 does not identify its author with a superscription. Both Pss. And so, God reacts to this international rebellion. Rather, flee to him and find protection and safety and blessing. But when he does, what a day that will be! There are these “rulers”. We’re actually told how God reacts. 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