The Raging Nations

[SW027] 11/27/2011 Message notes from KJV by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2011

“The Raging Nations” — Part 10 of Series on Handel’s Messiah

Psalm 2

The Holy Spirit speaks the first set of verses in this Psalm.

He asks, “Why do the nations fight against God?” (By the way, I was one of them until I heard the voice of Jesus!)

Psalm 2:1 Why are the nations in an uproar

The nations:     Those who do not know God nor His Christ
Those who reject Him, choosing to worship other gods
The church who mocks and scoffs at Him by denying and disobeying
His Word as given in the Bible and through people who speak for Him —
see 2 Chronicles 36:11-16 and Jeremiah 36:20-24. In case you don’t think that’s different now that Jesus has come, look at Jesus’ rebuke of the church at Sardis in Revelation 3:1-6)
In an uproar:     In tumult, raging, angry, furious, wrathful, poisoned

And the peoples devising a vain thing?

The peoples:     Again, those who do not know God nor His Christ (and the church that scoffs at Him)
Those who reject Him, choosing to worship other gods
Devising:        Growling in anger, roaring, uttering, imagining
A vain thing:    Empty, nothing, useless, worthless, futile

Psalm 2:2 The kings of the earth take their stand
    And the rulers take counsel together

Kings of the earth: Earth-dwellers, those who have rejected Christ/oppose God
Rulers take counsel: Sit down together to plot, to establish their plan (also leaders of the church who do as the Jesus Seminar folks do — try to deny Christ’s words)

Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying,

Against:  They plan to conquer the LORD, and His Anointed (His Messiah).

Psalm 2:3 “Let us tear their fetters apart
    And cast away their cords from us!”

Whose fetters? Verse 2, the LORD and His Christ.
Tear, cast away:    Acts of violence, tearing, pulling away, throwing, flinging
Fetters and cords:    Bands, bonds, chains, shackles — cords, ropes.

Why do they do this? It is futile, a vain thing!
As I meditated all week on “why,” I thought of many things, all true:
–They do not like what God says, because he says they need something they don’t have, something only He can supply
–They do not fear Him (they are not afraid of Him, they do not worship and revere Him), but rather hate Him (John 15:18)
–They disclaim the Bible as myths and legends, in retaliation and rationalization for the obvious presence of the Holy Spirit in the world and in true believers
–They believe they are wiser than God
–They see the message of the cross as foolishness
–They see the Lord as a Jailer who wants to keep them from doing that which they love (their sin)
–They do not come into the light for fear their evil deeds will be exposed (John 3:20)

But here’s what the Lord made clear He wanted me to say today. They are convicted that their way is wrong and their path leads to destruction. It is because the Holy Spirit convicts regarding sin, righteousness, judgment (John 16:8-11).    
–Sin because they do not believe in Jesus Christ (Holy Spirit-filled believers stand before them, and this could not be unless Jesus is who He says He is. Yet they refuse to acknowledge what is before their eyes.)
–Righteousness because Jesus Christ went to the Father (again, the presence of the Holy Spirit is obvious in true believers/followers of Christ, and His presence means that Jesus ROSE AGAIN from the tomb and went to the Father; the Spirit would not have been poured out otherwise, per John 7:37-39.)
–Judgment because the ruler of this world has been judged [the Holy Spirit’s presence in believers is proof that Satan, the ruler of this world, is under God’s judgment AND so are all of those who are under Satan’s rule (that is, anyone who does not believe in Jesus Christ or the professing church who denies His Word and His truth and is offended by Him just as the Jewish religious leaders were when He walked the earth)]

Psalm 2:4 He who sits in the heavens laughs,
    The Lord scoffs at them.

The kings take their stand as if going to battle; the Lord sits. Notice “Lord” and not “LORD.” The Son sits. He does not need to stand up. He is more powerful than them — He is the Creator and they are the created (1:3). Jesus Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:20). He only stands up when His followers are being persecuted like Stephen in Acts 7.

He scoffs at those who scoff at Him, the idea being a scornful laugh, a mocking of the vanity of the kings’ plans to defeat His Father and Him.

Psalm 2:5 Then He will speak to them in His anger
    And terrify them in His fury, saying,

There will come a time when the world will hear the voice of Father and Son, though they’ve tried to ignore it. But He will not speak in “Come to Me,” terms. Rather, it will be in His anger — they will see His face, nostrils flared, and He will be breathing rapidly because of His burning anger against them. If you don’t believe this is a picture of Jesus Christ, go to Revelation 1:12-20 to see how the Apostle John describes Him.

Our God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29)!

They will be terrified because they who rejected the Father and His Son now stand in the presence of  His wrath. Their knees will then bow at the name of Jesus, but it will be too late (Philippians 2:10).

The Father speaks in the next set of verses, and announces HIS plan.

Psalm 2:6 “But as for Me, I have installed My King
Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”

He already has installed and established and set HIS king on His throne (Luke 22:69, Ephesians 1:20).
They who have opposed Him are kings, but none were appointed by Him.
HIS king is installed in heaven AND will reign in Zion over all the earth (Revelation 20:4). HALLELUJAH!

The Son speaks in the next set of verses, quoting the commission His Father gave Him.

Psalm 2:7  “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD:
    He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
    Today I have begotten You.

Jesus Christ is the only-begotten who has eternally existed with the Father (John 1:1), and was born on the earth to a virgin, by the Holy Spirit. That is the meaning of “begotten” here. The Father did this so Jesus could be the needed perfect sacrifice to satisfy the Father’s righteous requirement. Only in this way — by the blood of Jesus Christ — could He offer us forgiveness.

Psalm 2:8 ‘Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance,
    And the very ends of the earth as Your possession.

He will ask, and the Father will give the nations to Him. This passage does not speak of Israel — she was given the land. The nations has two meanings here, I think. First, it is all of the earth (to the very ends of it), not just the land God gave to Israel.

But the nations are people, too (Gentiles, those who are not Jewish, see Romans 15:9-12). Those who believe in Jesus Christ, Jew or Gentile, will be part of Christ’s inheritance.

He asked for them in John 17:20 in His prayer to the Father (all who believe through the word of the apostles, Jew or Gentile).

I am not Jewish. I am of the nations, and Christ has inherited even me. His Gospel has gone to the ends of the earth, even to me. And it continues!

Psalm 2:9 ‘You shall break them with a rod of iron,
    You shall shatter them like earthenware.’”

The Son will destroy all opposition to Him from the whole earth and its people.

We already know kings and rulers plot and plan against Him. But He has a rod of iron (Revelation 2:27, 12:5, 19:15).

Rod means “branch.” The Branch (Jeremiah 33:15) who is Christ will take a branch of iron and shatter the opposition.

They wanted to break His fetters off of themselves, but He will break them instead, like pottery.

The Holy Spirit speaks again.

Psalm 2:10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
    Take warning, O judges of the earth.

The Holy Spirit speaks this warning to kings and leaders and those in the church who oppose Him and are offended by Him. Show wisdom — act wisely rather than foolishly, gain insight. Take heed! The Father opens a door to His grace, even to those who have been growling and plotting and planning to destroy Him. The key to forgiveness? The next two verses.

Psalm 2:11 Worship the LORD with reverence
    And rejoice with trembling.

The KJV says “Serve the LORD with fear.” They do not now fear God the Father. But they are offered the opportunity to turn and honor and revere Him and no longer mock Him.

Psalm 2:12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
    For His wrath may soon be kindled.
    How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!

The KJV says, “Kiss the Son,” so He may not become angry (Revelation 6:16, 19:15). When Jesus walked the earth, those who came to Him for mercy and healing bowed down and worshiped Him. The Greek word for that is proskuneo which means “kiss toward.” It is a word of reverence and of love for a Savior and Deliverer.

If  even the worst enemy of Him (like the Syrophoenecian woman in Mark 7:26) falls at His feet and kisses toward Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Father will forgive.

NOTE!!! It is not because of God’s LOVE that He will forgive but because of Christ’s BLOOD. GOD’S GRACE IS AMAZING–IT COMES BY WAY OF THE SACRIFICE OF HIS SON!!!!

Jesus Christ is ready to tread the wine press of God’s fierce wrath (Revelation 19:15). But if any will turn and worship Him, they will not perish (that is, they will not go to be eternally destroyed with no way to flee, in the lake of fire, per Matthew 5, Mark 9:44-46, Revelation 20:15, etc.).

His wrath may soon be set ablaze so as to consume and utterly sweep away those who reject Him. Again, our God is a consuming fire!

How blessed are all who take refuge in Him, who turn to Him, who worship and adore Him and kiss toward Him! That is God’s grace and mercy!


Are you convicted by the Holy Spirit regarding sin and righteousness and judgment?
Will you run from this conviction or kiss the Son?
Do you believe you can go your own way and not suffer any consequences?
Will you not heed the Word of God or will you disobey?
Repent! Now is the time, now is the day of salvation  (2 Corinthians 6:2)
Do not harden your heart (Hebrews 3:7).
The door is open to you to receive God’s grace.
Kiss the Son, worship Him and adore Him, obey Him and follow Him. 
He will no longer be angry at you, but you will become a child of God.


Do you mock God by disobeying Him while claiming the name of His Son? So did Judah/Israel   in 2 Chronicles 36, and they were slain by their enemy.
Repent! Ask Him to purify your heart so you do not sin against Him.
How do you respond to those who mock God?
Do you hate them and avoid them? 
Are you glad when they “get what they deserve?”
What is the attitude of God toward them? He is angry with them, but He offers His grace IF they will repent.
Does your attitude match His? I don’t think so!
Repent and ask Him to forgive you for not seeing those who hate God as God Himself sees them.
Yes, He scorns their plans and schemes. But He holds open a door for a limited time —
While it is still today . . . do not harden your hearts! (Hebrews 3:7, 4:7, Psalm 95:7)
Begin to pray for those who hate God.
If you love the Father and the Son, if the Holy Spirit is praying through you, if you have asked God to give you His compassion, He will answer your prayer.


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