Sunday, June 3, 2012
Psalms on Sunday: Psalm 2
Psalm 2 is a little on the darker side, showing a group of people in opposition to God and his anointed one. "Anointed" can refer to a couple of different categories of holy people. Israel's kings were anointed with oil to show that God had chosen them to rule his kingdom. Priests also seemed to go through a certain anointing process. But this Psalm is usually interpreted to be messianic, meaning that it's talking about the Messiah who will come to deliver Israel from its enemies.
Some commentators divide the 12 verses into four equal section of three verses each. Verses 1-3 are about the evil people ("heathen") who are plotting against God and his anointed one. Verses 4-6 show just how unworried God is about their schemes. He outright laughs at their futile plans and establishes the anointed one as a king in Zion (not the colony from The Matrix--Zion is another name for Jerusalem).
Verses 7-9 talk more about the anointed one, or Messiah. God calls the anointed one his Son, and says that he is going to rule the world and conquer evil. Verses 10-12 are a caution to the nations of the world to get close to the anointed one. People who trust the anointed one are blessed, but those who do not will be destroyed.
1Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.