Sunday, May 15, 2011

Psalm 2:1-2

Psalm 2:1-2 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

This psalm is highly Messianic in nature, with its theme being "The Ultimate Victory Of The Lord's Anointed." It is later quoted by the apostles Peter in the events surround the crucifixion of Christ Act 4:16 Then Peter, filled with the ...Holy Spirit, said to them,: "Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, "who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: 'Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ. "For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together

Notice the apostle Peter applied this to the efforts of Pontius Pilate along with Gentiles and those of Israel who crucified Christ. It indeed has a first century context. The psalmist is observing the efforts of the nations and their leaders who resist the Lord and His Anointed.

In Psalms 2:4 The Lord in heaven is laughing in derision over their futile efforts. He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: (2-5).

He declares that despite their resistance He has installed His King (i.e., His Anointed One) on Zion, His holy hill (2:6). Psalm 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

God declares that Christ is His begotten Son, who is given the nations and ends of the earth as an inheritance (2:7)

How would God react to those who take counsel together, against the Him, and against his anointed? He will rule with a rod of iron and shall dash them to pieces like a potter's vessel.' 2:8.

They will be smashed like a piece of pottery -- shattered so completely that there won't be a piece left that is big enough to carry coals from a fireplace ...

Jeremiah19:11-13 "and say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Even so I will break this people and this city, as one breaks a potter's vessel, which cannot be made whole again; and they shall bury them in Tophet till there is no place to bury. "Thus I will do to this place," says the LORD, "and to its inhabitants, and make this city like Tophet. "And the houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah shall be defiled like the place of Tophet, because of all the houses on whose roofs they have burned incense to all the host of heaven, and poured out drink offerings to other gods.

Revelation 2:27 He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's The word signifies that they should be so crumbled into dust, that they should be scattered about as with the wind; which, so far as it relates to the Jews, was fulfilled in their destruction by the Romans,

The psalm ends with the counsel of what the leaders of the nations should do: Worship the Lord with reverence, and do homage to the Son lest they incur His righteous anger. For all who put their trust in the Anointed One, they shall be blessed. Psalm 2:10 Now therefore, be wise, O kings; Be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, And rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.