Friday, July 20, 2007
A Look At Psalm 2, Part 4
“Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.” (Psalm 2:5)
One definition of “vex” is “to afflict with physical pain.” The plagues that God brought upon Egypt because of their sinfulness are one example of this.
According to the “SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES TOP NEW LIST" (from the website http://www.jqjacobs.net/writing/std.html):
"The three most common infectious diseases in the United States are sexually transmitted according to a new Centers for Disease Control report. In 1995, the Center reported about 475,000 cases of chlamydia, 390,000 of gonorrhea and 71,500 new cases of AIDS." And, not surprisingly, "Persons having multiple sex partners are most at risk."
Who is most likely to get AIDS or some other STD? Homosexuals, drug users, and persons having multiple sex partners. In other words, those practicing sin, which is in direct rebellion against God’s Law and Commands. Why do we have latchkey kids, children born out of wedlock, birth disorders, abortion, divorce, etc.? Because people are sinners, and are doing things that are in direct violation of God’s Law. If everyone always walked in obedience to God’s commands, none of us would be vexed, and God’s wrath would not be against anyone…and no one would ever be cast into Hell.
“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” (Psalm 2:6)
The NIV footnote says that “holy hill” is “the site of the Jerusalem temple.”
In the midst of expressing God’s wrath against the wickedness of man, this is an announcement of Good News for all mankind! Even though we are all sinners, and have all rebelled and mutinied against God and His holy Law, turning against the will of our Creator, God steps in as the ultimate Hero in the midst of our sinfulness. For those who are willing to be rescued from sin and saved from Hell (and even this willingness is a gift of faith from God, given to the elect…so that even the willingness to accept salvation is something that we cannot claim to our own merit), God offers the free gift of eternal life, through His Son, the King of Kings! All we have to do is sorrowfully repent (not just regret, but be completely willing to turn away) from our sinful ways and ask Him for this free gift of salvation, which is only available through Jesus Christ Who is God the Son.