Who Rules this World | Psalm 2:7–9

          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.
          You shall break them with a rod of iron
                        and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

As we shift focus to the Son in this psalm, we see Who owns the nations of the world.  While man plans, the fate of the nations is actually in the hands of the Lord.  Why?  For one, the Son here loves the Word of the Father and recounts it (cf. Hb 1:1–2).  For another, the relationship the Son and the Father enjoys here.

It may seem that this means that the Son came into existence.  However, it refers to Christ’s resurrection, not His birth (Acts 13:33; Rm 1:4).  He’s blessed here because of Who He is—the very image of God (vv. 3–4), being in the beginning with God the Father and being God Himself (John 1:1–3).  It’s not as though Christ is an angel in disguise, because Hebrews 1:5 asks, “For to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you’?” 

Hebrews 1:5 also quotes from the Davidic Covenant.  Second Samuel 7:13 says, “He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”  That’s an eternal reign, not possible with a regular son of David.  Because He is raised from the dead, Jesus can reign forever on the throne over the nations.

And He’ll rule with a rod of iron.  Understand that no nation, including the USA, would welcome Jesus Christ as king.  It’s in our nation’s DNA to buck the authority of a king, and sinners around the world would likewise reject Him.  When He returns to establish His kingdom, we read, “From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron” (Rv 19:15).

We must bow today as we await His future reign.  Luther says, “For he slays our will in order to establish His own will in us. He puts to death the flesh and its lusts in order to make alive in us the Spirit and the things that he desires.”  Christ’s in control today, and we must live like it.

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