Summary: Exposition of Psalm 2. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request: email - email@example.com)
(1). Conspiracy – The Voice of Nations (vs 1-3):
(2). Mockery – The Voice of the Father (vs 4-6)
(3). Victory - The Voice of the Son (7-9):
(4). Opportunity - The Voice of the Spirit (10-12);
• In its first 300 hundred years the Christian church endured repeated waves of persecution
• But perhaps the worst came while Diocletian was emperor of Rome (A.D.284-305).
• Convinced that the Christians were conspiring against him,
• Diocletian sought to annihilate them throughout his empire,
• History records that he ordered entire towns to be massacred.
• But, as Psalm 2 verse 4 recognizes,
• The one who rules in heaven is sovereign over the wicked,
• And he will have the last laugh.
• Back home in Diocletian’s palace;
• His own wife and daughter were turning to Christ.
• And after his death a new emperor by the name of Constantine took the throne.
• Constantine became a Christian,
• And Christianity eventually became the favoured religion of the entire Roman Empire.
• All Diocletian’s plotting was in ;
• Long term he was unsuccessful and ineffective!
We are starting a new series on Messianic Psalms (‘Psalms that speak of Jesus’):
• We know for certain which Psalms specifically speak of Jesus:
• Because the New Testament clearly tells us.
• This Psalm is quoted seven times in the New Testament;
• And each quote refers to Jesus - the references are:
• Acts chapter 4 verses 24-27.
• Acts chapter 13 verses 33.
• Hebrews chapter 1 verse 5.
• Hebrews chapter 5 verse 5,
• Revelation chapter 2 verse 27;
• Revelation chapter 12 verse 5,
• Revelation chapter 19 verse 15.
Now as we look at the Psalm:
• Notice that Psalm 2 contains twelve verses:
• They naturally divide into four sections of three verses each,
• And in each section we can hear a different voice speaking.
(1). Conspiracy - THE VOICE OF THE NATIONS
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.
• Verse 1 tells us that it is the Gentiles (non-Jews) that the psalmist has in view;
• King James Bible uses the word "Heathen" N.I.V. "Nations".
• In Old Testament times;
• Anyone who wasn’t Jewish, would be called a heathen by Jews (i.e. Psalmist).
• So the psalmist is talking about Gentiles in these verses;
• Gentiles who are rebelling and plotting against God.
This rebellion causes the psalmist to ask a question:
• The question he asks is ‘Why?’
• But I don’t think he is expecting a reply,
• He asks the question because he is astonished at how people treat God;
• The God who gives us life and sustains us day by day,
• The God who would through his ‘anointed one’;
• Would make possible forgiveness of sins and the certainty of eternal life;
• So the psalmist asks the question:
• Why then would human beings engage in anything as useless and time wasting,
• As trying to throw off the rule of God in their lives?
• The idea here is of a stubborn and raging animal;