Friday, July 20, 2007

A Look At Psalm 2, Part 6

“Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Psalm 2:9)

The NIV footnote says, “This word will be fulfilled in the triumphant reign of Christ.”

“She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne.” (Rev. 12:5)

"Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty." (Rev. 19:15)

"To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations — 'He will rule them with an iron scepter; he will dash them to pieces like pottery'" (Rev. 2:26-27)

The NIV footnote for Psalm 2:9 states, “Christ declares that He will appoint those who remain faithful to Him to share in His subjugating rule over the nations.”

“…thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
The NIV footnote for Jer. 19:11 says, “Egyptians of the 12th Dynasty (1991-1786 B.C.) inscribed the names of their enemies on pottery bowls and then smashed them, hoping to break the power of their enemies by so doing.” ).

And now we come to the last three verses in Psalm 2:

“Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 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.” (Psalm 2:10-12)

The NIV footnote says, “The rebellious rulers are warned.” Regarding the word “rejoice” in verse 11, the NIV footnote says, “Hail the Lord as King with joy,” and regarding the word “trembling,” it says, “Awe and reverence.” The footnote for verse 12, regarding the word “kiss” says, “As a sign of submission. Submission to an Assyrian king was expressed by kissing his feet.”

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way…” Either submit to Christ Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the King of Kings, and follow Him in fellowship, loving obedience and an intimate relationship…or perish in Hell forever as a wicked rebel who refuses to obey their Creator.

So even Psalm 2 contains the gospel message of salvation.

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