Psalm 2. A General Theory of Geopolitics. Lesson 2.

Key Notes: Why nations are in revolt. Christ as Sovereign deals destruction to the nations.

For details of the code used in this psalm, see Psa. 23, Lesson I. The Psalm is divided into four parts marked by a dashed line. You may disagree with the notation in this Psalm and you are free to change it.
The code for a rhythm of ideas:
        =  synonymous ideas
     (=) synonymous ideas with verbal repetition
        = focusing, intensification of thought
       -> a consequential idea, an outcome
       {  } complementing ideas

Psa. 2:1   Why do the nations conspire, = and the peoples plot in vain?

Psa. 2:2   The kings of the earth set themselves, = and the rulers take counsel together,  against the LORD {and his anointed}, saying,

Psa. 2:3   “Let us burst their bonds asunder, = and cast their cords from us.”
Psa. 2:4   He who sits in the heavens laughs; = the LORD has them in derision.
Psa. 2:5   Then he will speak to them in his wrath, = and terrify them in his fury, saying,

Psa. 2:6   “I have set my king on Zion, = my holy hill.”
Psa. 2:7   I will tell of the decree of the LORD: = He said to me,
           “You are my son; = today I have begotten you.

Psa. 2:8   Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, =
          and the ends of the earth your possession.

Psa. 2:9   You shall break them with a rod of iron,  = and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”
Psa. 2:10   Now therefore, O kings, be wise; -> be warned, O rulers of the earth.

Psa. 2:11–12   Serve the LORD with fear, =  with trembling kiss his feet, Lest He be angry and you perish in the way  = for His anger is quickly kindled. Blessed are those who trust in Him.

The psalm states a problem and a solution.
The problem: why do the nations rage against God and His Anointed?
The answer: because they do not want to be bound by His restraints.

Q. What is the nature of God's restraints?
A  a. His existence limits the freedom all men want. He is the Law-giver and every human being stands under His authority. Sartre said, If God exists then I am not free; but I am free, therefore God does not exist.
   b. The Law forbids people from doing whatever they want.
"Woody Allen has written a movie about God and our responsibility and we don't want to think about that". ---The New Yorker.
"We can't go back to the old days of sexual repression." PRI.
   c. God's salvation is at odds with long-established national cultures. Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism are ways of life, not just an overlay of religious observance. "Don't tell me that what I and my people have always believed is wrong."
   d. Some religions have consciously set themselves against Christ: Marxism and Islam.

Q. What can God do about it?
A. a. He will seat His Anointed in Zion.
   b. He will give the Nations to His Anointed. We are used to thinking that Christ, the Anointed, is given to the Nations. Psa.2 says the nations are given to Him. He will rule them tyrannically and break them up as Israel was broken up by the Babylonians. Jer.19:11

Q. What is the nature of his tyrannical rule?
A. "From His mouth issues a sharp sword with which He shall smite the nations...." Rev.19:15
 "He who conquers and keeps my word to the end, I will give him power over the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron, as when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself have received power from my Father...." (Rev.2:27). This is a believer being given the Ruler's authority. We believe that this awaits the Millennium. Rev.20:4
"The weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds." (IICor.10:4)

Q. Is there any hope for humanity in this situation?
A. The Nations are invited to submit to His rule while there is time.

Q. When was the Psalm written and what was the context?
A. David is the writer (Acts.4:25) so the passage must have been relevant to his time. He was God's anointed king. He was in conflict with surrounding nations--Syria, Moab, Ammon, Edom and Philistia--although we do not usually think of these political battles as being against God or having spiritual importance. We do not know how much the surrounding nations understood, or whether they heard when their countries were denounced by the prophets--Isaiah, Jerermiah, Ezekiel, or Obadiah.

Q. Does the Psalm pertain to any other time?
A. a. In Acts, the church in prayer related the nations' rage of Psa. 2:1 to the attack of Jewish leaders on the Apostles. Acts 4:25

Paul relates "this day" in the passage to Jesus' resurrection. (Acts 13:33). The writer of Hebrews says "My Son" refers to Christ. So these passages relate to Christ's first coming. John in Revelation relates the rod of iron and the potter's vessel to Christ's second coming. A Man-child is to rule the nations with a rod of iron. (Rev.12:5). "From His mouth issues a sharp sword with which He shall smite the nations and He will rule them with a rod of iron." (Rev.19:1). Thus, the Psalm relates to 1000BC, 33AD, and the future.

Q. What might our reaction be to all this?
A. We also have rebellious hearts and at times would like to throw off the traces and run wild.

Q. How would non-Christians feel?
A. a. They feel the restraints of God and they chafe. In reaction they are angry at God and those who follow Him. That puts pressure on us. But the primary pressure is not on us, it is on them.
   b. We must remember that the word "it's OK for us, it may not be for everyone" is a cop-out. God's will and purpose is for all mankind. It is not cultural or ethnic. It is absolute and universal.