Jesus Reigns by Virgil Stripes
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.
According to Adam Clarke’s Commentary, the phrase above, “You are my Son; today I have begotten you.” has to do with God declaring how Jesus truly was not just human, but divinely human. It was clarification that although He was born of the Virgin Mary, she did not become pregnant by some other human. His becoming human was a miraculous thing. The term begotten here is the same root word as is used in Genesis pertaining to God creating and animating the universe.
This psalm was most likely written by David after his victory over the Philistines and all the armies of the surrounding nations that rose up to try to prevent David from taking what is now Jerusalem. But God gave him victory, and Jerusalem became the capitol of the nation of Israel. It is also prophetic, pertaining to Christ ruling in His Millennial kingdom at the end of days.
This Millennial Reign will be such a time of peace that the Scriptures say the lion will lie down with the lamb.
Today, let us rejoice in God our Savior. Rejoice in the promise of His return. Because He was truly the unblemished Lamb of God, His sacrifice for sin atones for all eternity those who trust in Him.