Saturday, 8 August 2015

The Real King

“As for me I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill” (Psalm 2:6 ESV)

Where is the rule when the world is wobbling? Psalm 2 is about true kingship. We see 1. The earthly kings in their angry rebellion against the Lord (v. 1-3); 2. The heavenly King Himself in his holy scorn (v.4-5); 3. The divinely appointed King in His universal triumph (v.6-9).

It is apparent that here is no earthly king. For we then have a quote from this King (v. 7-9): “The Lord said to me, ‘You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’”

This is no mere angelic figure. Here is the universal Christ, very Son of God, exercising universal dominion! Verse 7 is quoted in the New Testament; in Hebrews 1:5; in Acts 4:25 and in Acts 13:33.

The phrase, ‘Today I have begotten you’ is to be interpreted not in terms of Christ’s conception (for He is eternal), but rather in terms of His HEIRSHIP as Son - now presented to the world. It was the resurrection in New Testament days that was interpreted as the divine setting forth of the Son of God as rightful Heir to the heritage of the nations - as universal Lord and Messiah. The apostle Peter made this very point on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:36).

You may defy Him, but just wait – it’s this King who has the final word.