Turn to Psalm 2, and you’ll have to guess who the writer was. But Peter and John tell us in Acts 4:25 that this was one of many songs written by King David, who was inspired by the Holy Spirit to write many verses about the coming Messiah.
I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.” – Psalm 2:7 NIV
People today often think of this reference as conception, but when was Jesus conceived? The Bible tells us that he is without beginning or end, that everything created was through him (John 1:1–3).
The Hebrew yalad that is so often translated begotten refers to the time of birth, when the child was “brought forth,” not the time of conception.
Therefore, my translation is a better statement of what the Jews understood:
I’m telling you what the Lord has decreed to me, “You are my son. Today I have brought you forth.”
But you don’t have to take my word for it. You need only believe the words of the apostle Paul, because he uses David’s words from Psalm 2:7 in Acts 13:13 as proof that Jesus was the Messiah, not as one conceived of the Father but as the only one who was “brought forth” from the grave.
Now we bring the good news of the promise made to our ancestors, 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. Raised from the dead, saved from bodily decay in the grave, he received the blessing foretold by David, as he said in his psalm, You will not abandon me in death nor will you allow your Holy One’s body to decay. – Acts 13:32–35 from Acts of the Messengers in the Early Church
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