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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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Psalm 2:2-3 - The kings of earth set themselves...against the LORD...

Nahum O'Brien on March 30, 2018

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, Plumer notes, “By the kings of the earth the Psalmist points out those who have supreme owner in the government of the world; and by the rulers, the princes, or chief persons under kings, men in power, senators, governors, privy counselors. All these meet and plot. There is tumult and rage among them.” The kings of the earth set themselves against the LORD. The rulers take counsel together against the LORD. This is to say that those kings and...

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Psalm 2:1 - Why do the nations rage...

Nahum O'Brien on March 26, 2018

  Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? The psalm begins with a question. The psalmist denotes a sense of astonishment concerning the actions of the nations or heathen. Hengtenberg notes, “the ‘why’ is an expression of astonishment and horror at the equally foolish and impious attempt of the revolters.” The psalmist is questioning the foolishness of the nations’ expressed hatred towards the Creator of heaven and earth. For what purpose or to what end do the nations rage against God?  Who does the raging? The nations. That is, the heathens, or the foreign nations, the...

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Psalm 2 - An Introduction (Part 2)

Nahum O'Brien on March 8, 2018

  So we’ve seen that there is a danger of forcing every detail of every psalm to be messianic. Additionally, we’ve seen that there is a danger of being too rigid in our application of Christ to the psalm. So what are we to do? Let’s return to our example of Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Should we ignore any historical aspect of David’s use of these words and skip directly to messianic application? Or is there historical application to be made in regard to David’s life which through type and shadow point to...

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Psalm 2 - An Introduction (Part 1)

Nahum O'Brien on March 6, 2018

  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...

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