Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Read : Psalm 2
Thoughts from: Steve Baeder
Who will be King? And do we even want him to be our King?
At first this Psalm seems harsh – God imposing his will and his authority on mankind whether we like it or not. But I am reminded that the God is good while the governments of this earth are corrupt and oppressive. They resist God because he is breaking the chains/handcuffs of their abusive power. The Good News is that when his Son/King prevails, the citizens of God’s kingdom will find refuge and blessing.
In verse 2 the word used for God’s King is the “anointed” . The Hebrew is ‘Messiah’, the Greek is ‘Christ’. This term refers to the special perfumes that only the Hebrew High Priests and the Kings could use. (Exodus 31:30-33; 1 Samuel 15:1 & 16:13.) The unique fragrance of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth confirms that he alone holds claim to this title. Jesus is the ‘perfumed’ one, set apart by virtue of his work as our high priest and King. God the Father even gave vocal testimony to Jesus as his Son at his baptism, the transfiguration and during the last week of his earthly life. (John 12:28-30). The scripture, the church and the Holy Spirt still give testimony that Jesus is the Christ.
Yet, for 2000 years the nations try to shake off His authority. Before too long, God’s laughter will turn to anger – Jesus will return as King of the Earth and ‘strike down the nations’ (Revelation 19:11-16). And those of us who await and honor his coming will find relief from the ‘kings’ of this world and blessings from the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.