Psalm 2

The Messiah’s Three-Fold Role*

I will proclaim the LORD’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.” Psalm 2:7

How can God be One in Three Persons? I don’t claim to understand the Triune God, but as I study the Scriptures, I see three Persons—sometimes all three in one verse. In Psalm 2, I see the Father and the Son.

In this psalm, David connected God’s Anointed One (v. 2), His King (v. 6), and His Son (vv.7-12) with Zion, another name for Jerusalem (v.6).[1] To be anointed was to be set apart, consecrated, holy unto the LORD. The Jews used anointing oil to consecrate priests (Exodus 30:30), kings (1 Samuel 10:1; 16:13), and prophets (Isaiah 61:1).

When Jesus called God His “Father,” some Jews were infuriated and wanted to stone Him to death for blasphemy. But others remembered scriptures such as Psalm 2, which prophesied that the coming Messiah would be called God’s Son. Peter told Jesus, “Thou art the Christ [Greek Christos, for The Anointed],[2] the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16). Martha said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world” (John 11:27).

Jesus totally baffled the Jews, and we may be baffled too. How did God become His Father today (Psalm 2:7)? Jesus was not created—in fact, He created everything (Colossians 1:16-17). He has always existed as God (John 1:1, 14). But He entered time and became the begotten Son of God. He took on flesh and became a baby—the Anointed Son, our savior.

Psalm 2 is prophetic. Though the whole world—except for a remnant—will band together to conspire against God and His Anointed, God will laugh (vv.1-4). He will continue sitting on His heavenly throne, sovereignly in control of everything. He has promised His Son the ends of the earth as His inheritance (v. 8). The Son will one day take a rod of iron to God’s enemies, dashing them to pieces like pottery (v. 9).

But before judgment comes, there’s a warning. “Kiss His Son,” David wrote (v. 12). Some will receive His anger and be destroyed, but some will be blessed and take refuge in Him.

This Easter will you kiss Jesus—honoring Him and submitting to Him as God’s Anointed One, His King, and His Son?

DIG DEEPER:   

According to John 10:36-42, what did Jesus say backed up His claim to be the Son of God?

Read Hebrews 1:1-5. How did the writer to the Hebrews describe the relationship of God and Jesus? What is Jesus doing (v. 4)? How does that impact your life?

As the world seems to be choosing sides, and disproportionately so, Colossians 3:1-4 is a good passage to keep in mind and to hide in your heart. Again, what is Jesus doing? Where are you in this picture?

Nancy J. Baker

*Note: This devotion is the first in a series of devotions: Psalms of the Messiah.

[1] “Hebrew Lexicon :: Tsiyown  Zion H6726 (KJV).” Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 17 Feb 2015. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H6726&t=KJV

[2] “Greek Lexicon :: Christos G5547 (KJV).”Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 17 Feb 2015. http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G5547&t=KJV

 

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