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2011-04-10pm The Bigger Picture

Psalm 2

Introduction

Politics: Plotting, Scheming, Tower-building.
Do you listen to the news with a growing sense of discomfort as the bad guys stick around and good guys seem to be wimps or have feet of clay?

Psalm 2 shows a bigger picture:

The State of the World System

John speaks about light and dark – he talks about the “world” (kosmos)
A system.
The Psalmist puts it like this:
1 Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together against the LORD
and against his Anointed One.
3 “Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.”

God is greater than the world

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”

Switch to the Messiah

7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
8 Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will rule them with an iron scepter;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

Note that the NT sees this fulfilled in Resurrection!
Acts 13:33 he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. As it is written in the second Psalm: He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
This is the meaning of life – this is ultimate reality.

Final warning

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

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