Psalm 2: Promise to God’s Anointed

Why do unbelievers become angry? How does this differ from Christians who become angry?

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Psalm 2:1 Why are the unbelievers so angry that they devise such vanities?
King James
Psalm 2:1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

What are the shackles that Earth’s kings seek to break?

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Psalm 2:2–3 Earth’s kings sit upon their thrones and plot against the Lord and his Anointed, saying, “Let’s break the shackles and free ourselves from their control.”
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Psalm 2:2–3 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Who is/are God’s “anointed,” a target of kings’ plots? Who are the kings?

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Psalm 2:2–3 Earth’s kings sit upon their thrones and plot against the Lord and his Anointed, saying, “Let’s break the shackles and free ourselves from their control.”
King James
Psalm 2:2–3 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

Why is there laughter in Heaven?

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Psalm 2:4–7 But he who sits on his throne in Heaven is laughing at the silliness of their presumption. With harsh words he will rebuke them, terrifying them with his wrath, saying, “I have crowned my choice of king to rule from my holy hill, Jerusalem.”
I’m telling you what the Lord has decreed to me, “You are my son. Today I have brought you forth.
King James
Psalm 2:4–7 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

What terrifies the kings?

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Psalm 2:4–7 But he who sits on his throne in Heaven is laughing at the silliness of their presumption. With harsh words he will rebuke them, terrifying them with his wrath, saying, “I have crowned my choice of king to rule from my holy hill, Jerusalem.”
I’m telling you what the Lord has decreed to me, “You are my son. Today I have brought you forth.
King James
Psalm 2:4–7 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

What does it mean to be “chosen”?

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Psalm 2:4–7 But he who sits on his throne in Heaven is laughing at the silliness of their presumption. With harsh words he will rebuke them, terrifying them with his wrath, saying, “I have crowned my choice of king to rule from my holy hill, Jerusalem.”
I’m telling you what the Lord has decreed to me, “You are my son. Today I have brought you forth.
Matthew 20:16 So it is with the Kingdom of Heaven. Those who were thought to be least important are first, and the first are last. Many are called, and few are chosen.
King James
Psalm 2:4–7 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Matthew 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

What does it mean to be “brought forth”?

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Psalm 2:4–7 But he who sits on his throne in Heaven is laughing at the silliness of their presumption. With harsh words he will rebuke them, terrifying them with his wrath, saying, “I have crowned my choice of king to rule from my holy hill, Jerusalem.”
I’m telling you what the Lord has decreed to me, “You are my son. Today I have brought you forth.
Acts 13:33 which was fulfilled for us, their descendants, when Jesus came forth from the grave. As it is written in the second Psalm, You are my son. Today I have brought you forth.
King James
Psalm 2:4–7 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Acts 13:33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

What will cause the nations to belong to the Lord?

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Psalm 2:8–10 Just ask, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance. Everything on Earth will belong to you. You will break your enemies with an iron rod, smashing them like clay pots.”
So be on notice, you rulers on Earth. Listen to the Lord and do what he says.
Romans 14:11 It is as the prophet Isaiah said, As surely as I live, the Lord says, every knee will bow before me. Everyone will confess that I am God.
King James
Psalm 2:8–10 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
Romans 14:11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Why should we listen to the Lord and do what he says?

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Psalm 2:8–10 Just ask, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance. Everything on Earth will belong to you. You will break your enemies with an iron rod, smashing them like clay pots.”
So be on notice, you rulers on Earth. Listen to the Lord and do what he says.
King James
Psalm 2:8–10 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

How would you describe the “utmost respect” we should have for the Lord?

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Psalm 2:11 Serve the Lord with the utmost respect. With trembling, rejoice in what most pleases him.
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Psalm 2:11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

If God knows us and understands our faults and failures, how does our behavior offend the Son?

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Psalm 2:12 Honor God’s Son lest he be offended and you suffer when your behavior earns his displeasure. Be blessed by trusting him in all things.
King James
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.

What does it mean to “trust him in all things”?

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Psalm 2:12 Honor God’s Son lest he be offended and you suffer when your behavior earns his displeasure. Be blessed by trusting him in all things.
King James
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.