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Psalms 2:7-9

Thou Art My Son

7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

We have heard the voices of the heathen nations, raging against the Lord, and we have heard God's answer to them. He would laugh them into derision for their vain efforts to thwart His divine purpose and He had already established His King upon the holy hill of Zion. Now, in the next stanza, we hear the declaration from His Anointed One that He has received and accepted the appointment to be the King of kings and Lord of lords over all the earth.

This is appropriate, because we know that, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;" (Hebrews 1:1-2)

The phrase, "this day have I begotten thee," does not mean that Jesus was a created being, but refers to the day of His resurrection when He became the firstborn of many brethren (Rom 8:29; Col 1:15,18). Paul clarified this when he wrote, "Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" (Romans 1:3-4) Furthermore, Hebrews 1:1-2 (above) and many other verses indicate that Jesus pre-existed all things and is the eternal God.

It was this declaration that caused the heathen to rage. "Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God." (John 5:18)

And, as God's Son and as His equal, He was heir to all things and could ask for any part of His inheritance at any time and it would be given to Him. He could inherit all of the nations and the uttermost parts of the earth, the realms of kings and the source of their wealth. Who would stand for it? There would be resistance, for there is not a righteous person left upon the face of the earth. So the heathen raged and plotted vain things.

But the declaration says, "Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." This does not mean that our Savior is without compassion, because He loves the poor, the meek, and the humble, and He will defend their cause. "But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked." (Isaiah 11:4 See also: Psalms 110:6; Revelation 19:15)

These things are promised to our Lord, if He will just ask for them and, of course, He will. One day He will say, "But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me." (Luke 19:27) This promise brings hope to all of us who follow Him and love Him, because his enemies are our persecutors. We have the assurance that one day He will rule the earth with divine justice and there will be an end to all inequities.

Before The Throne:

Thank God for His eternal wisdom and plan to give His Son to be our Savior. Submit every part of your life to Him right now. You do not have to wait until He returns for Him to rule your life with perfect divine wisdom. Ask him to bring order and purpose into your life. Ask Him to make you a part of the work that continues to build His kingdom. Pray for His will to be done on earth as in heaven and keep a continuing watch for His imminent return.

For Further Study:

** the decree. Psa 148:6; Job 23:13; Isa 46:10; ** Thou. Mat 3:17; 8:29; 16:16; 17:5; Act 8:37; 13:33; Rom 1:4; Heb 1:5; 3:6; 5:5,8; ** this. Psa 89:27; John 1:14,18; 3:16; Heb 1:6;

(v.8 ) ** Ask. John 17:4,5; ** and I. Psa 22:27; 72:8; Dan 7:13;

(v.9) Psa 21:8,9; 89:23; 110:5,6; Isa 30:14; 60:12; Jer 19:11; Dan 2:44; Mat 21:44; Rev 2:26,27; 12:5;


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