and the peoples conspire in vain? At any rate, it’s a royal psalm. Verses 1 through 3 tell us about this near-universal rejection of the Lord and the king whom he’s anointed to rule his nation Israel – the Davidic ruler. There, David is saying that his enemies are doing this very thing – conspiring – and their intent is actually to take his life. Acts 4:24–26 in the New Testament attributes it to David. Again, these may be the same people as the ones identified as “kings”. His anger will be a vexation to them; if he but speak to them in his wrath, even the breath of his mouth will be their confusion, slaughter, and consumption, Isa. There are numerous psalms which had immediate reference to David but have their ultimate fulfillment in David’s son, Jesus Christ. So, God is declaring that David is a faithful subject of his. Praying through Psalm 2:7 . David and his son Solomon ruled over much of the land that God originally promised to Abraham. I found your commentary easy reading and useful for a study I am doing for a Life Group discussion. Here it is: Submit to God’s Rule. KJV Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? But that’s just what the kings of the earth are attempting to do here. According to the Talmud, Psalm 2 is a continuation of Psalm 1. So, I believe this is speaking of the Davidic king – David, in particular. . You did know it was an election for ISRAEL’S Prime Minister, didn’t you? Like in Genesis 25:23 where the Lord tells Rebekah that two PEOPLES would be separated from her body – the Edomites and the Israelites. But actually, Peter in Acts chapter 4 and verse 25 reveals that it was in fact David who wrote this psalm. David is going to recount for us what God had told him. The structure of Psalm 2 is made of three parts. 2. Psalms 2:5. External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. And the nations are pictured as being clay vessels. Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? 2:8. He speaks, and it is done; he speaks in wrath, and sinners are undone. But he stoops and condescends to advise them on the wise choice to make, despite their opposition to him. the Lord derides them, d 5 Then he speaks to them in his anger, “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. But for now, I’ll leave us with those verses to remind us that Jesus the Christ is the last and greatest of the Davidic kings. He’s not playing around. I believe it’s speaking of ethnic groups or nations. Psalm 2:11 "Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling." Revelation 2:27 has Christ telling the overcomers at Thyatira that they will rule – though not BREAK, the nations with a rod of iron – JUST LIKE CHRIST RECEIVED THAT KIND OF AUTHORITY FROM HIS FATHER. In David’s case in Psalm 2, they were the nations who opposed Israel and his own God-sanctioned rule over them. Kings should act prudently and with discretion. And he does so through his anointed Davidic king. To welcome Jesus Christ, and to submit to him, is our wisdom and interest. And so, he laughs at and mocks them. I’ve enjoyed the few commentaries I’ve read of yours, however, I have to say I disagree with this one. The Lord said to him that David is his son. He’s even in the Old Testament looking for worshippers who would worship in spirit and truth. Well, the concept of anointing is basically having oil poured on you. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Comments Have your say about what … The kings of the earth rise upand the rulers band togetheragainst the Lord and against his anointed, sayin They’re plotting and scheming and hatching something in their minds. He alone has full power of sovereignty. Christ! So, that’s part two of three. Men’s hearts are indeed troubled when God’s words come hot with anger into their spirits. Christ is the way; take heed lest ye be cut off from Him as your way to God. Now, this word translated as “rulers” (RZN) appears 6 times in the Old Testament. 1. They can hope for no success in so opposing so powerful a kingdom. See also Psalm 22, for example..1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?.2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Acts 13:33 even references this chapter when God made reference to Jesus. Does he find their rebellion humorous? You know – you may have wondered if inheriting these heathen was actually a blessing or maybe more of punishment for the Davidic king. 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). Like many psalms, the theme of Psalm 2 is emphasized in the final verse. And – you know – the animosity of evil people so often is not directed at God alone. And the Lord would be like his father. All those who run to him for refuge as you would run to a large rock that could provide protection from a raging storm. 2:2: The kings - Herod, and Pilate and others with or after them. These ethnic groups are also meditating. The judges – or the ones who are supposed to administer justice in a society – are also addressed. However, the line also provides a fitting conclusion to Psalm 2 on its own. I’m so thankful to hear of the extended reach of this message. The kings are resisting. Who knows the power of his anger? And that’s just what we saw in that book when we studied through it. What happens when an iron rod meets a clay vessel? This begins with reverencing God and submitting to His authority. The Lord, the Master, Adonai – he will have them in derision. Commentary on Psalm 2:7-9 (Read Psalm 2:7-9) The kingdom of the Messiah is founded upon an eternal decree of God the Father. And remember the title of the message? Gold mine. Fantastic. Last thing we’ll consider before we work at explaining this psalm is the implied situation. So, we’ll read the first section again – verses 1 through 3. They need to be broken asunder like Samson did with some of those ropes that Delilah put on him. New! Oh, the complaints. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. to New Testament apps. Iron was viewed as the strongest element to the Jews of the Old Testament. Psalm 2:7 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 2:7, NIV: "I will proclaim the LORD's decree: He said to me, 'You are my son; today I have become your father." Praise the Lord. 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. That’s parallelism. And God will see to it that that’s the case. And it’s smashed into pieces. But he doesn’t, yet. The Son, in asking the heathen for his inheritance, desires their happiness in him; so that he pleads for them, ever lives to do so, and is able to save to the uttermost, and he shall have multitudes of willing, loyal subjects, among them. Blessed will those be in the day of wrath, who, by trusting in Christ, have made him their Refuge. Because God promised them that land. They’re setting their mind to something. It announces God's sovereignty. Rather, flee to him and find protection and safety and blessing. And in that case, it’s not just the Gentile nations that rose up and rebelled against God’s plans and his anointed one – or his Christ. And that phrase “have in derision” simply means that he’s going to mock them. Can you imagine the futility of this kind of behavior? 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). 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. And Revelation 19:15 again speaks of Christ ruling the nations with a rod of iron. Earth - So called in way of contempt and to shew their madness in opposing the God of heaven. Kings should administer justice. That’s who’s raging. So in other words, all sorts of non-Jews and the ethnic groups which they comprise are in view here. Not all of it, I think. By the way, isn’t this wonderful? David and his successors were to break the rebellion of these Gentile nations. Let him be very dear and precious; love him above all, love him in sincerity, love him much, as she did, to whom much was forgiven, and, in token of it, kissed his feet, Luke 7:38. Two “ethnic groups.”. And that angry reaction will cause them some terror. That’s the word behind “set” in verse 2. It will lead inevitably to destruction. If they do, they will find joy. 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. Ver. Text: Explanation: This the first of several psalms about the Messiah. These people are resisting and conspiring against none other than the Lord God of Hosts! This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Psalm 2:7, ESV: "I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you." Well, how would you feel if you knew that people were reacting this way toward your attempted leadership of them? In others words, they’re plotting and scheming and yet all of that activity is just useless. KJV Psalm 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. against the LORD and against his anointed one: * b. Because we can’t even hope to understand how the New Testament is using this psalm unless we actually know what it meant to its original author as delivered to its original audience. 3 “Let us break their shackles. Christ works through you for me and others!! (7-9) Counsel to all, to espouse its interests. These nations are hardened against him. He laughs and mocks. Let’s read verses 4 through 9. The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. Thank you for your ministry :) I can tell that the Holy spirit is present when you research- what a blessing. 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! Non-Jewish people. Psalms 55:2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;. 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. They’re unwelcomed. 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. Your email address will not be published. 1 and 2 juxtapose each other; Ps. God didn’t “begotten” David; He only referenced that to His Son, Jesus. This is where we’re given the reaction of the Lord to this international uprising against his reign. And God tells him what to do with these heathen. The surrounding nations are opposing his rule over them. 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