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Feb 1995 - Notes On Psalm 2 - Bible Studies 1964

There are no headings to Psalms 1 and 2, but we know from Acts 4, 25, 26 that David was the writer of Psalm 2, for God by the Holy Spirit spoke the words of this psalm by his mouth.

Verses 1-3 have an application to the events in Jerusalem at the time of the Lord's arrest, judgement and crucifixion, but they will have fulfilment at the time of the Lord's return to earth as the Son of Man with power and great glory. The world has not changed its attitude to the Lord as shown in the following verses:

Of a truth in this city against Thy holy Servant Jesus, whom Thou didst anoint, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, were gathered together, to do whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel foreordained to come to pass (Acts 4:27, 28).

It was a world crisis, as the Lord said, "Now is the judgement of this world:

now shall the prince of this world be cast out, And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Myself' (John 12:31,32). The words were soon to be written in Hebrew and Latin and Greek, "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews", and that on a Roman cross. It was in the language of religion and hypocrisy, of power and politics, of philosophy and sophistry. It shows a world arrayed against one Man who had come from heaven. The Cross reveals the antagonism of the world against heaven and against the God of heaven, in whose hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of all mankind, that they had dared with malice and uncontrollable hatred to crucify His Son. If a covering mask hid the fife which burned in the hearts of men towards God, that mask was torn away and mankind was revealed as a world of haters of God by the acts in Gethsemane, Gabbatha and Golgotha, the place of the skull. In vain do the Jews today seek to exonerate themselves from such acts of their forefathers whose cry before Pilate was, "His blood be on us, and on our children" (Mat. 27:25). Terrible words indeed! the reality of them in the sufferings of that race has been written in blood and tears.