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Christ crucified (2)

by on August 20, 2013

 

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.

Psalm 2:1-8

 

Kings and rulers set themselves, and take counsel, against the LORD and against His anointed. The word ‘anointed’ there is the Hebrew word mashiah, where we get our word Messiah. They have set themselves against the LORD and against His Messiah.  The Messiah is the central theme of this Psalm, and we see that it is linked closely to kingship. Israel, of course, would have seen it as a reference to their contemporary king. Israel placed huge importance on having peace and prosperity in the land that God had given to them – that is what they saw as their inheritance from God. So it was very important for them that a king was on the throne in Zion, Jerusalem, and that king was placed there by God.

That is what Messiah was chosen for, anointed for. For glory. For the throne. For kingship. For Zion!

But, as I’ve said before, the Psalm spills over from simply referring to the contemporary king of Israel – there are things in here that find their ultimate fulfillment in God the Son, in Jesus Christ. He it is whom God has set in Zion – not just earthly Zion, but the Heavenly, true, eternal Zion – the throne room of the universe, if you will. He it is to whom YHWH said, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’, or revealed you (NLT). He it is that God will gave the nations to, and the ends of the earth as His possession. Those verses don’t really apply to the then king of Israel, except perhaps on some aspiration level. But they find their fulfillment in Jesus, called Christ.

The Messiah King was chosen to rule, chosen for glory, for the throne, for Zion.

 

That is a recurring them about Messiah as we look through the Old Testament. For example, look at Daniel 7:

“I saw in the night visions,

and behold, with the clouds of heaven

there came one like a son of man,

and he came to the Ancient of Days

and was presented before him.

And to him was given dominion

and glory and a kingdom,

that all peoples, nations, and languages

should serve him;

his dominion is an everlasting dominion,

which shall not pass away,

and his kingdom one

that shall not be destroyed.”

 

Daniel sees one like the son of man coming before the Ancient of Days (God). And to that one was given dominion and glory and a kingdom so that all peoples and nations and languages should serve Him – and His dominion will be everlasting and His kingdom will never end. That’s the language of Messiah and the glory that awaits Him!

 

When we say that Jesus is the Messiah, or the Christ, that is what we mean. He is the LORD’s anointed – chosen to be King of a Kingdom that will never end, and all things will be His, ruling from Zion.

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