Why Do The Hea­then Rage?

McDonald County Press - - CHURCH - By Randy Moll DE­VO­TION BY RANDY MOLL. SCRIP­TURE QUO­TA­TIONS ARE FROM THE KING JAMES VER­SION OF THE BIBLE.

“Why do the hea­then rage, and the peo­ple imag­ine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set them­selves, and the rulers take coun­sel to­gether, against the LORD, and against his anointed, say­ing, Let us break their bands asun­der, and cast away their cords from us.” Psalm 2:1-3 (Read Psalm 2)

This psalm cer­tainly de­scribed what took place in Je­sus’ day, when He was re­jected of His own peo­ple and nailed to the cross and cru­ci­fied, and it was ful­filled when the re­li­gious rulers ar­rested Je­sus’ dis­ci­ples and com­manded them no longer to preach in Je­sus’ name (cf. Acts 4:23ff). Yet Je­sus rose again in vic­tory!

Is this Scrip­ture de­scrib­ing the world of our day? The na­tions do rage and the peo­ple do plot a vain and fool­ish thing. Our rulers take coun­sel to­gether against the LORD God and His Anointed (Je­sus Christ, the Mes­siah and Sav­ior of the world), say­ing let’s cut all ties with God and Christ Je­sus and throw away the Bible, His com­mand­ments and any­thing which would bind us to Him!

But God, who is over all, laughs at man’s fool­ish­ness (v. 4-6). He speaks against it. How can peo­ple and na­tions free them­selves from the Cre­ator of the uni­verse? From the one who holds their very breath in His hands (Daniel 5:23)? From the one who gives each one life in his mother’s womb and will be their judge (cf. Psalm 139:13-16; 96:13)?

In spite of man’s re­bel­lious­ness, the LORD God has sent His own only-be­got­ten Son to re­deem mankind and es­tab­lished His king­dom (v. 7-9; cf. Daniel 2:44f.; Isa­iah 9:6-7; 53:3ff.). He reigns over God’s peo­ple — those who have re­pented of their sin­ful ways and trust in Him — and will soon judge this world and es­tab­lish His ever­last­ing king­dom (2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans 1:7-10; Rev­e­la­tion 19:11ff.; 11:15).

And the Spirit of God warns the kings and judges of the earth — words which all of us should heed as well (v.1012a): “Be wise now there­fore, O ye kings: be in­structed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and re­joice with trem­bling. Kiss the Son, lest he be an­gry, and ye per­ish from the way, when his wrath is kin­dled but a lit­tle.”

We should all be wise and honor the Son, ac­knowl­edg­ing Him as God’s only­be­got­ten Son and trust­ing in Him to show us mercy for the sake of the re­demp­tion He ac­com­plished for all when He suf­fered and died upon the cross and then rose again.

And the Spirit tells us that those who trust in Him are blessed — blessed with for­give­ness for all their sins and a place in Christ’s ever­last­ing king­dom (v. 12b). God grant to each of us such faith in Christ that we may be among the blessed.

Our rulers take coun­sel to­gether against the LORD God and His Anointed (Je­sus Christ, the Mes­siah and Sav­ior of the world), say­ing let’s cut all ties with God and Christ Je­sus and throw away the Bible, His com­mand­ments and any­thing which would bind us to Him!

O King of kings and Lord of lords, grant that we hum­ble our­selves, re­pent of our sin­ful ways and look to You for mercy and for­give­ness; and grant that we bear wit­ness in this fallen world against the fool­ish­ness of re­belling against You. Amen.

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