Description
This psalm is a prophecy of God overthrowing earthly powers that rage against Jesus at the second coming. God installs Jesus on Mount Zion as king of the world, and affirms him as his Son, contrary to the lies of Islam.
Commentary
David prophesies the rage of the nations against Jesus. Verses 1-2 are quoted in Acts 4:25-26 in a prayer by the early Christian church when it was being persecuted. After Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven, he was seated at the right hand of the Father, 'far above every rule and authority and power and dominion' (Ephesians 1:20-21). From a heavenly perspective, Jesus is already the King of Kings, a reality that enrages unbelieving nations and demonic principalities and powers in the heavenly realms. Consequently, the early Christians saw Psalm 2 as relevant to the persecution they were experiencing.

However, the rage of the nations will become fully manifest at the second coming when Jesus will be visibly revealed as God's chosen king over the earth. According to Revelation 11:15, an angel will proclaim, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” At that time, the epicentre of this global rage response will be the muslim world, and especially Jerusalem, where the Antichrist, who is a Muslim, will have set himself up in the temple, proclaiming himself to be God (2 Thessalonians 2:4). As the Antichrist gathers together the rulers of his end-time empire to make plans to resist this coup d'etat by Jesus, the psalmist pictures God scoffing at them from heaven, and saying, "I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill" (v6). Even today, there is no more politically sensitive location than Mount Zion in Jerusalem, commonly identified with the Temple Mount. So God's declaration of Christ's sovereignty over it is a deliberate and extreme provocation to the Antichrist and the nations that follow him. God also decrees of Jesus, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father". Since 692 AD, the Dome of the Rock has stood at the centre of the Temple Mount, and is a monumental denial of Jesus as the Son of God. The Islamic inscriptions inside and outside its octagonal arcade repeatedly denounce the Christian belief that Jesus is God's son.

In verse 8, God promises the nations of the earth to Jesus as his inheritance. And verse 9 says he will rule them with an iron sceptre, with which he will dash them to pieces like pottery. If Christ's rule were merely ceremonial, you would expect him to have a gold sceptre. But the iron sceptre is a clear declaration that Jesus will rule the world and crush all opposition. Consequently, in verses 10 to 12, the rulers of the earth are warned to repent and serve Jesus with fear, to give him sincere homage lest he become angry and destroy them.

So, Psalm 2 is a picture of Christ's enthronement as king, of God overthrowing earthly powers who resist him, and of him exposing the lies of Islam that deny Jesus as the Son of God.
Tags
Places: Jerusalem, Zion, Temple Mount
Symbols: Iron sceptre
Tags: Coronation of Jesus, Jesus establishes his kingdom, Jesus fights muslim nations, Nations rage against Jesus
1 Why do the nations rebel? Why are the countries devising plots that will fail?
2 The kings of the earth form a united front; the rulers collaborate against the Lord and his anointed king.
3 They say, “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us! Let’s free ourselves from their ropes!”
4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust; the Lord taunts them.
5 Then he angrily speaks to them and terrifies them in his rage, saying,
6 “I myself have installed my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 The king says, “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to me: ‘You are my son! This very day I have become your father!
8 Ask me, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the ends of the earth as your personal property.
9 You will break them with an iron scepter; you will smash them like a potter’s jar!’”
10 So now, you kings, do what is wise; you rulers of the earth, submit to correction!
11 Serve the Lord in fear! Repent in terror!
12 Give sincere homage! Otherwise he will be angry, and you will die because of your behavior, when his anger quickly ignites. How blessed are all who take shelter in him!
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