This begins with reverencing God and submitting to His authority. They’re speaking of it and ruminating on it. 6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 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." What Psalm 2 means. The kings of these nations are addressed directly again. In others words, they’re plotting and scheming and yet all of that activity is just useless. Both Pss. 2:3: And cast - The same thing expressed with more emphasis. 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. They thought themselves in the way; but neglecting Christ, they perish from it. Verse 3. It will lead inevitably to destruction. Thereby, Psalm 1— Psalm 2 … We are told what they aim at in this opposition. It’s blessed – Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Psalm 1 begins with a beatitude and Psalm 2 ends. It doesn’t matter what the angry nations say – God’s determined to have his king rule in Jerusalem. That’s the word behind “set” in verse 2. David and his successors were to break the rebellion of these Gentile nations. Christians are the possession of the Lord Jesus; they are to him for a name and a praise. The first psalm presents the perfect man, the happy man. Serving the Lord will! They’re unwelcomed. Again, “heathen” are simply non-Jews. Oh, the complaints. And so they’d make attempts to rebel against the Davidic king and throw off his rule from over them. Kings rule. They’re imagining a vain thing. These ethnic groups are also meditating. Last thing we’ll consider before we work at explaining this psalm is the implied situation. 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! In Psalm 2, the kings and rulers of these non-Jewish nations are conspiring against both the Lord and his anointed one. I thank God for you….Christ works through you for me and others!! That’s verses 7 through 9. He tells us there that Herod … But he is angry at them. But that’s just what the enemies will do in the end times. And yet, everyone is up-in-arms about them solely living in that land. What does this mean? The second section runs from verse 4 trough verse 9. 7:13,21-23,26-27. And that phrase “have in derision” simply means that he’s going to mock them. What happens when you gather wealth by labor according to Proverbs 13 11? and cast off their chains from us!” c 4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs;. They want to break the bands of David and his God. A man named Luke wrote a part of the Bible that we call Acts. Every single time, it appears parallel to the word “kings”. Like in Genesis 25:23 where the Lord tells Rebekah that two PEOPLES would be separated from her body – the Edomites and the Israelites. The thing that bothers them the most is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent rejection of the idea of dividing the land of Israel up in order to make a separate Palestinian state within Israel’s borders. Look at the next line. This is the way it’s been since the fall. The people in Psalm 1 delight in the law, but the people in Psalm 2 defy the law. By the way, isn’t this wonderful? Like a son, the faithful subject received an "inheritance," viewed as an unconditional, eternal gift. You the man and why is this hard to find????? As this world is the kingdom of Satan, unconverted men, of every rank, party, and character, are stirred up by him to oppose the cause of God. Praying through Psalm 2:7 . This is where we’re given the reaction of the Lord to this international uprising against his reign. Previous ones ignore the history and writer’s situation and jump straight to spiritualized christian applications. 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." He’s even in the Old Testament looking for worshippers who would worship in spirit and truth. Now, there appears to be another group of individuals in view in verse 2. In other words, it’s a psalm about the king of Israel – the ruler who either was David himself or one who descended from David. You may have heard the Hebrew word goy or goyim. Unfortunately, not God’s word. Earth - So called in way of contempt and to shew their madness in opposing the God of heaven. That’s who’s raging. They’re simply world rulers. Psalm 1 consists of two stanzas and six verses. But that’s not the end of his reaction to this rebellion. That’s the first section. 1 Why do the nations protest. We’re first of all told of God’s physical position. But the rulers of the earth generally have been most active. 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. 5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. They’re conspiring. He’s not playing around. Psalms, Volume 2 (The NIV Application Commentary) - Kindle edition by Tucker, W. Dennis, Grant, Jamie A.. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. the Lord derides them, d 5 Then he speaks to them in his anger, I found your commentary easy reading and useful for a study I am doing for a Life Group discussion. Attend unto me, and hear me] Heb. Now, I’ll also add that this psalm is referenced several times in the New Testament. Now, this may sound a little strange to us. They would break asunder the bands of conscience, and the cords of God's commandments; they will not receive, but cast them away as far as they can. What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? This is what God said:-Psalms 2:6. 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. But his speech is not gentle and peaceful – not to these hardened enemies of his. "The violence of the world, brought on by the hubris of the nations, will continue. The idea is that as someone gets angry, sometimes his nostrils will flare and perhaps even get a little red. The psalm itself doesn’t explicitly tell us whether it’s speaking of David or one of his descendants. And therefore – submit to that rule. God didn’t “begotten” David; He only referenced that to His Son, Jesus. That’s the way to picture God’s stance towards these enemies. He speaks. God the Father gives them to him, when, by his Spirit and grace, he works upon them to submit to the Lord Jesus. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 1 and 2 juxtapose each other; Ps. A number of positions in ancient Israel involved being anointed physically – kings being one such group. Well, what are these rulers up to? Lamah rageshu goyim - Why do the nations (goyim) rage? It will come to nothing. And Revelation 19:15 again speaks of Christ ruling the nations with a rod of iron. Psalms 2:5. Psalm 24 Commentary Verse 9. How does one rage? That very God has determined to set his king on his holy hill of Zion and to destroy all opposition. 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.”. And the Lord would be like his father. "The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against Jehovah, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bonds asunder, And cast away their cords from us." According to the Talmud, Psalm 2 is a continuation of Psalm 1. (2.) Such gifts usually took the form of land and/or an enduring dynasty.”. And it’s exactly what we see happening in this psalm. Read Psalm 24 9 Meaning. These nations are hardened against him. He will speak to them in his wrath. Gold mine. They’re plotting and scheming and hatching something in their minds. They’re standing. Most Psalms begin with a brief introductory phrase such as: "To the chief musician," "A song of David," etc., but Psalm 2 begins with the words, "Why do the nations rage?" Heavenly Father, thank You that You purposed to redeem mankind, through the sacrifice of a Kinsman-Redeemer - and decreed that the eternal Son of God would be born into the human race as the perfect Son of Man. What is it like to submit to God’s rule? And finally we have the last section in verses 10 through 12. It permeates all of the psalm. He speaks, and it is done; he speaks in wrath, and sinners are undone. The kings are resisting. It’s talking about one of their descendants, according to the flesh. This is nothing new to our day and age. But went straight through history etc. He will conquer the hearts of His elect, drawing them all to Himself. Our national media doesn’t give that much coverage to most elections for our own congressmen or governors! 7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. When David and Solomon ruled Israel they reigned over those other nations and their kings. Ask, verses 8-11. Rather, they’re meditating on a vain thing. PSALM 2 * A Psalm for a Royal Coronation. 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. and the peoples conspire in vain? Kiss the Son, verse 12. As a word made us, so a word can unmake us again. All Rights Reserved. Who are they against? But you might not know it. 2:2: The kings - Herod, and Pilate and others with or after them. All those who run to him for refuge as you would run to a large rock that could provide protection from a raging storm. I think what called for the writing of this psalm in its original setting was something like this. You could also say Gentiles. 2. What do they want to do? The Son of God, spoken of in Psalm 2:7; the word used is so rendered in Proverbs 31:2; and comes from another which signifies to "choose", and to "purify", or "to be pure"; hence some render it "the elect" or "chosen One", or "the pure One" (k); and both agree with Christ, who is God's elect, chosen to be the Redeemer and Saviour of his people, and who is pure free from sin, original and actual. 11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. And what are these kings pictured as doing? Had to click to second page of google choices to get this, chosen randomly ish among the ten or so on second page. David is going to recount for us what God had told him. Not all of it, I think. They want no more of the restrictions that the rule of God and his king place over them. This repetition, no doubt, is to emphasize what’s being said and heighten the excitement surrounding the entering of the Ark into Jerusalem. Psalm 2:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Psalm 2:1, NIV: "Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?" I believe this is talking about Jesus, not David. We’re actually told how God reacts. But he stoops and condescends to advise them on the wise choice to make, despite their opposition to him. Thank you for your ministry :) I can tell that the Holy spirit is present when you research- what a blessing. And the nations are pictured as being clay vessels. To welcome Jesus Christ, and to submit to him, is our wisdom and interest. It announces God's sovereignty. So, I believe that this kind of a situation is what provoked the psalmist to write this psalm. But he doesn’t, yet. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. And then in Acts 4:25-28 applies the first section of Psalm 2 (verses 1 through 3) to Christ’s crucifixion. This is the right reaction of sinners in the presence of a holy and sovereign God. Now, this term can describe people in general – like Proverbs 11:26 where THE PEOPLE curse the one who withholds bread from them. Psalm 1 emphasizes God’s Law while Psalm 2 focuses on prophesy. There are these “rulers”. What happens when an iron rod meets a clay vessel? And so that’s the last section of this psalm. He’s coming with the armies of heaven. Psalm 2 is twice as long, consisting of four stanzas and 12 verses. Psalm 2:1, KJV: "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?" “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the one who rules in heaven laughs. That’s this word. God could have left it at heated angry rebuke with these rebels. Psalm 2 is the renowned second part to the introduction of the Psalter (with Psalm 1). However, the line also provides a fitting conclusion to Psalm 2 on its own. And his inheritance as such a subject includes being given these raging heathen and even the ends of the earth as his possession, if he but asks for them. He alone has full power of sovereignty. 11:4; 2 Th. Which seems rather neutral of a term. And God will see to it that that’s the case. They’re meditating and scheming. 2:8. If you didn’t, I can understand. But obviously their standing is charged with rebellion. He wants to dwell a little while longer on the developing rebellion of these groups and individuals. He’s sitting somewhere. (lacking the usual introductory phrase), which led some sages to think that Psalm 1 and 2 comprise a single unit. The word translated as “set” here appears in Joshua 1:5. a 2 Kings on earth rise up. The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one. We know that God is love. 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. So, that’s how God is pictured as directly communicating with the Gentile nations that oppose him and his Davidic king – verses 4 through 6. The rebellion of individuals and nations against his plans and people don’t sit well with him. But for now, let’s get into the details of Psalm 2. Now, let me quickly address where Psalm 2 appears in the New Testament. Now, this word translated as “rulers” (RZN) appears 6 times in the Old Testament. Psalm 2 Why do the nations conspire#:1 Hebrew; Septuagint rageand the peoples plot in vain? Psalms 55:2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;. and princes plot together. So in other words, all sorts of non-Jews and the ethnic groups which they comprise are in view here. Cause them some terror nations, but the rulers – this same group – are taking counsel together it to... 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