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The Son, the King (1).

by on October 16, 2012

I want to share some thoughts with you this week about the One who is a King and a Son.

And this One is King, because He is a Son. And He is a Son because it is in His very nature to be so – He is, and was always, and will always be, a Son.

You know, in our language and culture, I would call my 2-year-old boy my son. But, of course, in bible times, that would not have been the case –  he would be referred to as my child. Because son-ship carried a particular meaning and standing in biblical culture.  It had to do with maturity, with coming of age. And a time would come in the life of a family, when a child would reach maturity, and would officially be recognised by the family, and by the rest of society, as being the son of the father. In society, the son would then have been recognised as being equal with the father – so that, if the father could not attend a business meeting, then the son perfectly represented the father. When the son spoke, it was as if the father was saying the words – the son’s words carried the same weight as the father’s words. He was equal with the father in every way, in societal transactions. When we read about sons in scripture, we bring that to the text.

Let’s read about a king and a son in Psalm 2.

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.”

“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.

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.
(Psalm 2: 2-3, 6-7, 12 ESV)

 

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
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”?
(Hebrews 1:1-5 ESV)

 

Psalm 2 is the first of what we call the messianic Psalms. A Psalm primarily referring to the king of Israel, and yet, as Tim Keller has pointed out, in its language it bubbles over beyond the human. So much so that we must be sure that it can only refer in places, in its fullest application, to the person of the Lord Jesus.

He is a Son: You are my Son. Today I have begotten You. That can be rendered, Today I have revealed You. The father recognising the equality of the son, the right of the son to represent Him. And there was a day when the Son was revealed. That’s wonderful, isn’t it? The people of Israel in that day, when they read Psalm 2, they didn’t know about the son of whom it ultimately spoke. But God knew, because He was His eternal Son. And a day was coming when He was to be revealed, so that God had spoken in past times by the prophets, but now He has spoken to us, and to the world, by His Son. This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him. Do you listen to Him? Are you in the gospels regularly? Savouring His words? Because when we listen to Him we are hearing God’s undiluted speech to the world. The Son was revealed so that He might reveal the Father. Perfectly representing the Father, in Him dwelling the fullness of the Godhead, in bodily form – and shining out all God’s glory.

This is my Son.

We’ll develop this further tomorrow. Until then – listen to Him. 

 

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