Psalm 2: The folly of the rebellious world
comment: The psalm is an overview of the sinful world,
post the Fall, where Sin means mankind rebels against God, seen
especially in those who misguidedly think they hold all power
and authority. It comes with revelation and warning.]
The folly of the rebellious world
do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The sinful actions of mankind in the fallen world
kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed,
all human authority rises against God
us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”
Seeing themselves as potentially limited by God's rule
The Lord's Response
One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
The Lord is not put off by their foolish words but simply laughs
rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
But then He goes on to chide them and acts against them bringing
The Lord's Declaration
have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.
They think they rule but God has established His own Son as supreme
will proclaim the Lord's decree:
said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
He had long back [from the beginning] established him over His
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
The Son had but to ask and the Father would grant total reign
will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
It is a rule that can bring utter destruction where necessary
Warning by the Psalmist
you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
With this revelation in mind, those rulers ought to think again
the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
Instead they should respect & honour the Lord with holy fear
his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
They should not take the Son's benevolence for granted [just because
he gives them such freedom to rebel] for when the time is right
he can, and will, act strongly. The wise should take refuge in
him, not rebel against him.
Thoughts: The psalm should be read in the light of wider
scripture, for example Psa 110:1,2 where prophetically
this Son is spoken of: “The
Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your
enemies a footstool for your feet.” The Lord will extend your
mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst
of your enemies!” cited
by Jesus [Mt 22:43-45] to show it referred to him and not merely
also 1 Cor 15:24,25 revealing the Son who rules
throughout history: “Then
the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father
after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under
his feet.” The big picture
of scripture is that although mankind have been given free will
and use it to rebel against God, the Son of God has been granted
all authority to reign in the midst of this sinful rebellion and
to continue reigning until the time when God decrees it is time
to wind it all up and the Son comes as a conquering king - see
to Psa 3