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The Son Shall Overcome! (Psalm 2:1-12)
Sermon Notes
Sunday, 12 January 2014 00:00

Notes from Sunday’s message from Psalm 2 are attached.

1Why do the nations rage,
And the people plot a vain thing?
The parallel terms “nations” and “the people” spoke prophetically of the comprehensive alignment of world rulers led by the beast to defeat the Lord’s Messiah.
The verbs in 2:1 describe the action well. The verb “rage” is a particularly strong term of collective tumult. This strong verb is balanced by a softer verb, to “plot” or “imagine” (OKJV).
The word means “to muse, meditate, mumble” (from hagah = to murmur: whether in pleasure (ponder, meditate, as in Psalm 1:2) or in anger (mutter, as here in Psalm 2:1).
The nations have raged against God in the past (think of the opposition to the kings of Judah in David’s line; think of the opposition to David’s Son, the Messiah, in the persons of King Herod and Pilate and others of less stature). And the nations will continue to rage against the LORD’s Anointed in the future Tribulation, and even, amazingly enough, at the end of the Millennial Kingdom (Revelation 20:7-10)! The ‘Tribulational raging’ that corresponds to Psalm 2 is reported in Revelation 19:19, where we read ~ And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.
Even now we see the nations raging against God in their opposition to Israel with their votes in the United Nations. Many more make war religiously against God’s chosen people. Even in our own country we see the fists of men and women raised in defiance against God’s Word and His will and ways for mankind. God Himself is portrayed by such as being an intolerant, bigoted, hateful, and increasingly irrelevant authority.
Indeed ~
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 bonds in pieces
And cast away Their cords from us.” ~~ BUT IT SHALL BE ALL IN VAIN!!!

“The most seriously endangered species of life on this planet is the species of wicked men. No congressional bill or ecological action committee shall be able to help save this species. One day God will say, “Enough is enough!”” [Ron Allen p. 168, Rediscovering Prophecy]


Verse 12 concludes Psalm 2 this way:
12 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.
There are clearly two options available to the kings of the earth and their subjects. They are the same as we have today.
Either we can submit joyfully to the rule of the Lord, or we can oppose His rule.
God is sovereign. Jesus is the coming King.
To those who oppose Him there is the haunting laughter of God, followed by His sure and certain wrath – ultimately of the Tribulation.
But to those who honor Him and own Him as King, there is abundant hope and blessing.

How should we respond as we find ourselves living in such an atmosphere as this?
I think Paul’s instructions to Timothy are relevant:
4 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

May the Lord gives us the grace and strength to shine brightly in the creeping darkness! May we let His light shine today in and through our lives.
Psalm 2 ends as Psalm 1 began! That is, with a beatitude of blessing on the righteous.
Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him. I might paraphrase a well-known chorus:
Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way, to be effective for Jesus, but to Trust and Obey!

 

 

 

 

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