Please read Psalm 2.
Hopefully, you have already read our earlier posts on this Psalm. Today, we will focus on the third stanza, verses 7-9 (you might want to reread them). We have already examined how the nations foolishly rage against God, which makes God laugh because He has already established His King, and this King will never be defeated. Now, in verses 7-9, the King speaks.
While David is speaking in the first person in these verses, it is understood to be a prophecy of the Messiah. Jesus is telling the decree of God the Father, in which the Lord says to Him that “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.”
What a wonderful truth of Scripture that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten of the Father—the unique Son, who alone had the ability to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins.
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-10).
God declares in this Psalm that Jesus has but to ask of the Father, and God the Father will give Him complete authority over the earth. Notice that, even the Son, who has the greatest name of all, is pictured as willfully submitting to God the Father, and being required to ask before He can claim authority over the nations. Jesus is our perfect example of willing obedience to God.
But what’s more, Jesus did ask, and God will give Him total sovereignty to possess the ends of the earth. God will place a figurative ‘rod of iron’ in Jesus’ nail-pierced hand, which He will use to dash His enemies to pieces like a potter’s vessel.
What a wonderful reminder to us today of who is truly in control. Jesus’ enemies, those who declare that He doesn’t exist, that some other ‘god’ is the real God, or that science somehow contradicts the teachings of His Word, will one day be dashed to pieces like a potter’s vessel. Jesus is in complete control.
But He is also patient, not willing that any should perish. Jesus is mercifully providing more time for His enemies to surrender to Him so that they will not suffer eternally.
We too can endure whatever trials we may be experiencing, knowing that ultimate victory is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord. Until He reveals Himself as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we will patiently wait on Him.
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