"Unbelief against Christ and His love for you: Pointless, no matter which way you look at it." Each of the digital shapes for the letters I have created, form the word "Why" by turning them in different directions, so I had fun animating them. Even the question mark can be seen from different angles. Created in Blender. #blender #blenderartist
© Why – Video created by Ross Cochrane on Blender
Psalm 2:1-7 – GOD’S TURN TO ASK “WHY?”
If only we could appreciate that when we raise a fist to heaven and ask God “Why?” that He is often asking us the same question.
- DETERMINE NOT TO BE KNOWN FOR MEANINGLESS OPPOSITION TO GOD
God scoffs when people think that by their opposition to Him that He will somehow not achieve His purposes. God scoffs at me when I want to be known more for what I am against than what I am for. When I stand in an angry crowd with a placard that says, “I don’t believe in anything. I am just here to rebel” it is laughable; incredibly meaningless and this Psalm asks “Why?”
“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against His Anointed One. “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.” But the One who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. (Psalms 2:1-4 NLT).
God encourages us not to be involved in such meaningless rebellion and arrogance against His divine purposes.
- DECIDE TO SEEK DIVINE DIRECTION RATHER THAN DIVINE DISCIPLINE
Then in anger He rebukes them, terrifying them with His fierce fury” (Psalms 2: 5 NLT).
Such arrogance will inevitably lead to heartache, discipline and rebuke. The Lord gets angry at the kings of the earth, those who have plotted against David, His appointed king. They would experience literal terror because David would come against them in a fierce, furious and swift battle. Instead of finding God’s direction for their lives they were faced with God’s discipline through God’s appointed leader.
- ACKNOWLEDGE GOD’S ANOINTED SON AND KING
For the Lord declares, “I have placed My Chosen King on the throne in Jerusalem, on My holy mountain. The king proclaims the Lord’s decree: “The Lord said to me, ‘You are My son. Today I have become your Father.” (Psalms 2:6-7 NLT).
“My Chosen King … My Son … I have become Your Father.” This is the closest of relationships and there is no doubt that the God-appointed and anointed king has been given authority. God declares it, proclaiming it as the accurate message of His purposes. He declares it and it is engraved into the fabric of the universe, permanently established.
Leviticus 8:12 and 1 Kings 19:16 says that anointing oil was poured on priests, prophets and kings, a beautiful sign of the Holy Spirit setting them apart for God’s purposes.
The invitation of Psalm 2 is to see the perspective of the world through the eyes and leadership of His Son.
- RECEIVE THE PROMISES OF THIS MESSIANIC PROPHECY
The New Testament extends the meaning of this Psalm prophetically to speak of Christ, David’s descendant, as King of Kings, the Son of God, anointed by the Holy Spirit. He is the Messiah (anointed one, Mashiach), great High Priest, Prophet, and King of kings.
Acts 13:30-34 (NLT) says about Jesus “… God raised Him from the dead! And over a period of many days He appeared to those who had gone with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem. They are now His witnesses to the people of Israel. “And now we are here to bring you this Good News. The promise was made to our ancestors, and God has now fulfilled it for us, their descendants, by raising Jesus. This is what the second psalm says about Jesus: ‘You are My Son. Today I have become Your Father.’ For God had promised to raise Him from the dead, not leaving him to rot in the grave. He said, ‘I will give you the sacred blessings I promised to David.’”
We have the enormous privilege to enter into the promises of God by trusting in Christ.
- TRUST IN THE ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST
And just as God is angry and rebukes those who stand in opposition to king David in this Psalm, He also gets angry at those who stand in opposition against Christ as His anointed King. The New Testament takes up the thoughts of Psalm 2 and applies them to Christ …
In some future time, not specified but after the resurrection of Christ … “after that the end will come, when He (Christ) will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, HAVING DESTROYED EVERY RULER AND AUTHORITY AND POWER. For Christ must reign until HE HUMBLES ALL HIS ENEMIES BENEATH HIS FEET. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. For the Scriptures say, “God has put ALL THINGS UNDER HIS AUTHORITY.” … so that God, who gave His Son authority over all things, will be UTTERLY SUPREME OVER EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE.” 1 Corinthians 15:23-31 (NLT)
Christ is described as a terrifying ruler and it will be humiliating and destructive for those who stand in defiance of Christ as King. There is no watering down of these verses. The second coming of Christ comes with judgment.
The invitation of Psalm 2 is to acknowledge Jesus Christ as King, with authority over our lives, to surrender ourselves to Him and submit to His will for us with a healthy mixture of respect (reverential fear) and joy.