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Psalm 2:8 - Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage...

Nahum O'Brien on May 25, 2018

Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.  This news would further vex those in opposition to the LORD. Those whom raged against the LORD are counted but possessions of the Most High. The term heritage here means something inherited, an heirloom or a possession. One commentator notes, “It implies that by some previous arrangement on the part of God, he had already assigned an inheritance of the heathen, and the possession of the earth, to the person of whom he says, ‘Thou art my Son.” This is to...

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Psalm 2:7 - I will tell of the decree...

Nahum O'Brien on May 25, 2018

I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, "You are my Son; today I have begotten you.   The King now declares the decree of the LORD. Here then we must face the dilemma of whether David is intending to refer to himself here, who is a type and shadow of Christ; or whether David is specifically prophesying of the future Messiah and him alone. I contend that David  intentionally writes prophetically here of Jesus Christ. This seems to be the contention of Paul in Acts 13:32-33:   And we bring to you the good news that...

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Psalm 2:6 - As for me...

Nahum O'Brien on May 24, 2018

What then is so terrifying to them to which the LORD speaks? As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.   What is so terrifying to the nations who rage, the peoples who plot in vain, the kings who set themselves, and the rulers who take counsel together, all against the LORD and His Anointed? It is that the LORD has set Him, the Anointed, as King on Zion. The very one whom the nations, peoples, kings and rulers oppose occupies the place of sovereign authority. This King who rules on behalf of the LORD...

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Psalm 2:5 - Then he will speak to them in his wrath...

Nahum O'Brien on May 24, 2018

Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,  Having laughed at the thought of men thinking they can disrupt His will and His purpose, the LORD responds. Notice the LORD’s response, He speaks! It is a wonder He does not destroy those who seek vainly to disrupt His sovereignty. The LORD speaks to them in his wrath and terrify them in his fury. This is to say that the LORD will speak to them as one who is filled or burning with anger. The result of which is terrifying to those set...

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Psalm 2:4 - He who sits in the heavens laughs...

Nahum O'Brien on April 2, 2018

He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.  What does the LORD do in response to the nations who rage against Him? He laughs! What does the LORD do in response to the peoples who plot against Him? He laughs! What of the kings and rulers of earth who set themselves in opposition to the Lord? He laughs! Why? Because of the utter ridiculous notion that man could ever circumvent or oppose the will of the LORD! Spurgeon notes, “He (God) has not taken the trouble to rise up and do battle with them—he despises...

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