Friday, June 08, 2007

Psalm 2:12

Psalm 2:12

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

1. “Kiss the Son…”

a. kiss [5401 * nashaq] [Strongs: to kiss, lit. or fig., also to touch (as a mode of attachment, to equipt with weapons). [Gesenius: To join, to arm oneself.]

b. The same Hebrew word is translated “ruled” in Genesis 41:40.

1). Genesis 41:40 “Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.”

2). Psalm 2:12 well might say, “Be ruled by the Son.” Or in light of the other definitions, “Attach yourself to the Son. Equipt yourself with the Son. Join yourself to the Son. Arm yourself with the Son.

c. Examples in the New Testament.

1). Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

2). Ephesians 6:11-17 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”

2. “…lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.”

a. perish [6 * abad] [Strong’s: To wander away, i.e., to lose one’s self, to perish (destroy) break, not escape.]

b. The wandering away, the losing one’s self, the perishing is said to be caused by his anger and his wrath being kindled a little. America has wandered away from where it once was, It has lost her way. America is not escaping the little by little perishing she is experiencing by rejecting the knowledge of God. It is in this context that Romans 1:18-32 should be read.

3. “Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

a. It is not a coincidence that the motto on our coins is, “In God We Trust.”

Psalm 2:11

Psalm 2:11

Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

1. “Serve the LORD with fear…”

a. serve [5647 * abad] [Strong’s: To work, to serve, be bondmen, compel, become servant, do service.]

b. fear [3374 * yir’ah] [Strong’s: fear, reverence.]

c. There is no question the context is speaking of rulers and judges [v. 10]. The following is three passages that deal with the qualifications of rulers and judges. They all have one thing in common, they are to have a fear of the LORD.

1). Exodus 18:21, 22 “Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousess; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:
And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.”

2). 2 Samuel 23:2, 3 “The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.”

3). 2 Chronicles 19:5-7 “And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city.
And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.
Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, not taking of gifts.”

d. He is commanding the kings of the earth and the judges of the earth in the church age to serve Him in the fear of the Lord, to rule and to judge accordingly. There is no question that these men and women are responsible for their own actions and decisions that they make, but we as New Covenant believers are responsible also.

1). 1 Timothy 2:1-6 First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men,
For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that outwardly we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life and inwardly a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.
or such praying is good and right, and it is pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior,
Who wishes all men to be saved and increasingly to perceive and recognize and discern and know precisely and correctly the divine Truth.
For there is only one God, and only one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
Who gave Himself as a ransom for all people, a fact that was attested to at the right and proper time.

2). Some of the failure of our leaders for not getting saved and making horrible decisions while they are ruling is the fault of the church. How many times have I prayed for a particular leader of our country, and in the course of a day or week I hear something on the news that this leader did or said and I turn around and say something like, “He is the most incompetent person we have ever had at that position!” I am cursing that leader and I have negated my prayer for him. James says in his epistle we shouldn’t do it.

a). James 3:9-12 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

b). We need to pray for our leaders and not curse them but speak blessing over them. Yes, we can oppose their ungodly decisions in a godly way, but cursing them is not one of those ways.  

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Psalm 2:10


Psalm 2:10



Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.



1. “Be wise now therefore O ye kings…”



a. wise [7919 * sakal] [Strong’s: To be circumspect and hence intelligent:- consider, expert, have good success, guide, make wise.]



b. It is unmistakable what is being said here. The warning from verse 10 to 12 is said in light of what was said previously in the verses leading up to them. In Psalm 2:1-3 the nations want to sever all ties with the LORD and Christ. In Psalm 2:4, 5 He laughs at them and warns them in His wrath. In Psalm 2:6 He tells them that His King has already been set. In Psalm 2:7 Christ has come in his earthly ministry. In Psalm 2:8 the authority over all nations of the earth have been given to him and in Psalm 2:9 the consequences for their rebellion are revealed. Finally, the warning of what will happen is to nations in this time period who will not serve him. In light of all that he says, “Be wise now therefore…” He is warning them, “Use your intelligence, don’t be stupid!”



2. “…be instructed, ye judges of the earth.”



a. instructed [3256 * yacar] [Strong’s: To chastise (lit. with blows or fig. with words) hence to instruct: bind, chasten, correct, punish, reform, reprove…]



b. The warning is to all the judges of the whole earth. Be instructed, Supreme Courts Justices. Judges need to follow the example of Jehoshaphat when he appointed judges and instructed them to use the fear of the Lord in their judgments.



1). 2 Chronicles 19:4-7 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.

And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,

And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.

Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts.



c. Isaiah 10:1 “Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed.”



1). [NLT] What sorrow awaits the unjust judges and those who issue unfair laws.



2). [NIV] Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,



3). [NASB] Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record *unjust decisions,



4). [YLT] Woe to those decreeing decrees of iniquity, And writers who have prescribed perverseness.


d. Roe v. Wade is an unrighteous decree. Lawrence v. Texas is an unrighteous decree. Stone v. Graham is an unrighteous decree.

Psalm 2:9

Psalm 2:9

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

a. break [7489 * ra’a] [Strongs: To spoil, by breaking in pieces…]

b. rod [7626 * shebet] [Strongs: a stick for punishing, fighting, ruling, walking, writing.]

c. dash [5310 * naphats] [Strongs: to scatter, dash, be beaten in sunder, break in pieces.]

d. In Revelation 2:26, 27 Jesus is finishing up his message to the Christian church of Thyatira. What he tells them is directly related to our study in Psalm 2:9.

1). Revelation 2:26, 27 “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”

e. Comparison of Psalm 2:8, 9 with Revelations 2:26, 27.

1). Psalm 2:8, 9 “Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy inheritance.
Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

2). In these two passages we can see that in Psalm 2 the Father is giving Jesus the Son, the ruler ship over all nations of the earth. Even though He was given that rulership, the nations themselves rejected his rule and He deals with them very sternly, breaking them into pieces with a rod of iron. We also see that those who are faithful to Christ will be given a part of the earth to rule over also.

a). Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

f. I am reminded also of the parable Jesus told in Luke 19.

1). Luke 19:12-27 “He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. [They are his citizens because they are part of the kingdom inheritance given to him by his Father. Cp. Psalm 2:8]
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came to first, saying Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.
And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.
And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath teen pounds.
(And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring them hither, and slay them before me.”

g. The reason for these heathen nations and their geographical areas are being “broken” and “dashed” is because they are the “citizens” of Luke 19:14, who “sent a message after him saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.” They are the same citizens/heathen who say about the LORD and Christ “Let us break their bands asunder and cast away their cords from us.”

Friday, June 01, 2007

Psalm 2:8


Psalm 2:8

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

a. I must say at this time, this Psalm, as well as most if not all Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament purposely leave out other details about the Messiah. In all the prophecies it only mentions a few details of his person and life. It is only after all the pieces of the Scriptural puzzle are put together, including the testimony of the New Testament, that we get a full picture of the Messiah. It is exactly that situation here in this verse. The “heathen”, the folks in the first three verses who are trying to break away from the bands and cords of the LORD and His Christ are in this verse declared the “inheritance” of the “Son” in verse 7, who we know to be Jesus. It also declares the lands they live on to be his “possession”. All of the Old Testament Messianic passages are only made clear by the New Testament, as was shown in the notes on Psalm 2:6. Psalm 2:7 is referring to the Messiah’s ministry and life, then here in Psalm 2:8 it is referring to His dominion over the earth. Psalm 2 does not mention what brought this about, but of course the new Testament doesa passage in Philippians does, that is, it was His obedience to His death and resurrection.

1). Philippians 2:8-11 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

2). Ephesians 1:19-21 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

1. “Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance…”

a. ask [7592 * sha’el] [Strongs: To request, to inquire, to demand.]

b. inheritance [5159 * nachalah] [Strongs: Something inherited.]

c. Hallelujah! He must have asked because we are his inheritance! This is a fascinating verse because tucked inside it and hidden is the New Covenant. In Isaiah 54:3 we find a similar phrase, “thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles”, but to understand it and get a fuller revelation a bigger chunk of the passage must be viewed.

1). Isaiah 54:1-3 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the LORD.
Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;
For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.

d. The above passage was quoted by the Apostle Paul in Galatians where he names New Jerusalem as the “mother” in the New Covenant.

1). Galatians 4:21-27 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law?
For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

2. “…and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.”

a. There are many passages in Scripture that declare all nations of the earth will be under the authority of the Messiah.

1). Daniel 7:13, 14 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlsasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

2). Psalm 22:27, 28 “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee. For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.”

b. I can’t help but see in the following verses a spirit that embraces the whole world.

1). Psalm 33:8-12 “Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
The LORD bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect.
The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.”

2). The thought of God’s heart is to all generations, not just Israel. What is the thought of God’s heart? John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. The nation, any nation that makes the LORD their God is blessed.

c. ICR 3/4/2011 “This colorful and comprehensive phrase, usually translated "ends of the earth," occurs no less than thirty times in the Old…”

1). Psalm 72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

2). Micah 5:2-4 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

3). Psalm 22:27, 28 All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
For the kingdom is the LORD'S: and he is the governor among the nations.

 4). The great message we carry from Him who will be the governor of the nations is.

a). Isaiah 45:22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

d. I want to interject here another passage of Scripture that sheds some light on what Psalm 2:8 describes as “…the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.” The government of Christ Jesus that will begin after His return will be world wide.

1). Isaiah 2:2-4 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.