Kiss the Son!

Psalm 2:1-12 (ESV)

Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision. Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying, “As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.” I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

This psalm is not identified as to who is the author, yet it contains one of the prophecies, which Paul (and the Author of Hebrews) attributes to Jesus:

Hebrews 1:5 (ESV) For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?

Adam Clarke in his Bible Commentary, states that this psalm is believed by many to have been composed by David after he took Jerusalem from the Jebusites. Many of David’s psalms have prophetic meaning as well as the original intent. As God’s Anointed King of Israel, that makes perfect sense to me. David probably saw himself as a son of God, which means this psalm was written about him, but has that double meaning in the prophecy about Jesus.

So what do we do with this? We must recognize and accept the meaning about Jesus, as that is what has to do with us. We must embrace–kiss–the Son as Lord and God. We must serve Him and live for Him, as He lived for us, and that by His death, we might have life.

God will not hold blameless those who make light of the sacrifice Jesus offered on the wood of the cross. That was probably the singly most painful point in history, and God has referred to it elsewhere as the eternal sacrifice. This is what bought us from bondage.

Rejoice, brethren (brothers and sisters) that He has called us into His marvelous light, and that we can pass on the message of freedom to others.

by Virgil Stripes

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