Rebellion

Today’s post is part of our Psalm Saturdays series from guest blogger Robert Chamberlain. You can contact him by sending a message to  bobjc88 @ gmail.com.

Psalm 2:1–12 (ESV)
1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.”
4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
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.

The nations are raging, and the peoples are plotting in vain. As Jesus said, there’ll be wars and rumours of wars until that great and awesome day of the Lord. They are in opposition to God the Father and the Son.

The spirit of the antichrist was alive and well three thousand years ago and is still prevalent today. Most people deny God the Father and God the Son. We see that in how people treat God’s people.

God’s children are despised and mocked at best; imprisoned and killed at worst. Jesus warned us that if they hated Him, they’ll hate us too. People don’t like the idea that there’s Someone they’re accountable to.

People like to think they can build a utopia without God. The spirit of Babel is alive and well in the world today. But God looks down at our conspiring and laughs.

God is angry at sinners every day. He has set His Son upon the throne of heaven. He was raised on a cross for sinners like us. And now He is raised to the highest heaven.

God’s Son is begotten not created. This is a profound mystery- that God the Father and God the Son exist in an eternal union of love with the Spirit of God. But Bible mysteries are simply profound truths revealed, whether we can fathom them or not.

Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. All nations, whether they acknowledge Him or not, are His. Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father, either joyfully or under compulsion.

Jesus is going to judge the nations. So rulers would do well to be wise and abandon their rebellion against God. We all need to make our peace with the Judge of all the earth.

We need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling, because our God is a consuming fire. Thankfully the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world, so through faith in Him we are safe. Want to know how to be happy? Take refuge in the Lord, and you will discover true joy.

“God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we repent of our rebellion against You and trust in You to save us, through Christ’s sacrifice on our behalf. We thank You for our salvation, in His mighty name, amen.”


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