Reading the Word
Psalm 2:5–12 (ESV)
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, 6 “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” 7 I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
Understanding and Applying the Word
God’s answer to the rebellion of the nations found in the opening verses of this psalm is his wrath. God will pour out judgment on his enemies and he will do so through his appointed King, Jesus Christ, who will rule over the nations.
Let this warning serve to motivate us to restore our relationship with God while we still can. We do this through the Son who, as we learn elsewhere, is not only our King, but our Savior. Jesus went to the cross at Calvary to die for the sins of mankind. He took the wrath of God on himself so that those who would trust in him could be forgiven and go free. Let us “kiss the Son” by trusting in him and accepting the free gift of reconciliation and life that he offers.
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