Saturday, September 18, 2010

Timely Warnings - September 18, 2010

Psalm 2 (New International Version)
1 Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?

2 The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together
against the LORD
and against his Anointed One.

3 "Let us break their chains," they say,
"and throw off their fetters."

4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.

5 Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

6 "I have installed my King
on Zion, my holy hill."

7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD :
He said to me, "You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.

8 Ask of me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.

9 You will rule them with an iron scepter;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery."

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11 Serve the LORD with fear
and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry
and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Acts 4:24-27 (New Living Translation)
24 When they heard the report, all the believers lifted their voices together in prayer to God: “O Sovereign Lord, Creator of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—25 you spoke long ago by the Holy Spirit through our ancestor David, your servant, saying,

‘Why were the nations so angry?
Why did they waste their time with futile plans?
26 The kings of the earth prepared for battle;
the rulers gathered together
against the Lord
and against his Messiah(his Christ).’

27 “In fact, this has happened here in this very city! For Herod Antipas, Pontius Pilate the governor, the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were all united against Jesus, your holy servant, whom you anointed.

This psalm was written several hundred years before the time of Christ,and has been attributed to be a psalm of David, written when he was fleeing from his son Absolom. This psalm was also frequently quoted in the New Testament, where it applied to Christ as the great Son of David and God's Annointed.

In that sense, it serves as a type of prophecy about the coming of Jesus Christ. To me though it is more representative of the second coming of Jesus, not his first. When he first came as Messiah, it was as a suffering servant to teach and give up his life for our sins. At his second coming, he will come to gather his church to take them with him to heaven, before his judgement of the unrighteous on the earth. He will then be the conquering king.

When you carefully read this psalm, picture it in the context of the second coming of Jesus Christ. It serves as a timely warning to an arrogant world that has refused to follow God and accept His Son as Lord and Savior, take to heart the warning to take refuge in him where you will find safety and blessing. It will sheild you from the wrath that is to come.

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