do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth
rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed,
saying, ‘Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.’” (Psalm 2:1-2)
Several contrasts exist between Psalm 1 and 2. Psalm
1emphasizes the law, while Psalm 2 focuses our attention on prophecy. In Psalm
1, we see the godly versus the ungodly, while in Psalm 2 we see the wicked in
rebellion while God sits on his throne and laughs. Psalm 1 is never quoted in
the New Testament, while Psalm 2 is quoted directly or alluded to at least
begins with a rhetorical question that requires no answer. The question asked
is more of an astonishment than a question. After establishing the peoples and
nations, after providing for their basic needs, after guiding them and keeping
them alive, and after sending a Savior to bring forgiveness and salvation, why
would anyone possibly want to rebel and cast off all authority?
this rebellion get its beginning? In the larger sense, rebellion began in the
beginning when Adam and Eve disregarded God’s command by eating of the
forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. It generated into a conspiracy during
the Tower of Babel and continued down through history to the Crucifixion of
Christ and ends with the Battle of Armageddon.
“futile rebellion” has as its goal the defiance of the Messiah, Jesus Christ,
the Son of God as clearly stated in Luke 19:14, “But his citizens hated him and
sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over
Jesus said that the
world hated him and would also hate those who followed him Matthew 24:9, “Then
they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated
by all nations because of my name.” The phrase “set themselves” means “get
ready for war.”
We are in a
spiritual warfare and must be diligent and on guard to defend the “truth.”
Thank God that Psalm 2:4-6 reveals Him still in control.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I can be at peace because you are
still on your throne in control.