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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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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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Psalm 1 Application

Nahum O'Brien on March 1, 2018

  How then should we apply Psalm 1? In my estimation there are two primary applications of this passage. First, we may look at this psalm prescriptively. This was probably the psalmists original intent. Likely written sometime after the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness, Israel would have been intimately familiar with the blessings that accompany obedience to God and the withholding of blessings that accompany disobedience to God. Thus, the author may have been writing this as a reminder to himself and the people of the blessings that accompany righteousness and the withholding of blessings that accompany wickedness....

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Psalm 1:5-6 - For the Lord knows the way of the righteous...

Nahum O'Brien on February 28, 2018

  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.   This brings us to the conclusion of the passage. The psalmist concludes contrasting the two destinies of wicked and the righteous, where they will find themselves on the day of judgment. “Therefore,” says the psalmist, “the wicked will not stand in the judgment.” Because the wicked has walked in the counsel of the wicked, stood in the way of sinners, sat in the seat...

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Psalm 1:4 - The wicked are not so...

Nahum O'Brien on February 26, 2018

  The wicked are not so, But are like chaff that the wind drives away.   The psalmist now directs our attention to the wicked. Up till this point, the psalmist has only described the righteous. However, through inference he suggests that the wicked was everything the righteous was not, and vice versa. This would be equally true of the illustration of the tree. The wicked is not a tree planted by streams of water. The wicked will not prosper. The psalmist says this explicitly, “The wicked are not so.” The wicked are like chaff that the winds drives away....

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Psalm 1:3 - He is like a tree...

Nahum O'Brien on February 9, 2018

Now, as we said before, the psalmist is contrasting the righteous and the wicked. So far, the psalmist has been describing the righteous. In doing so, he has been inversely describing the wicked. That which the righteous man does not, the wicked man does. For example, the righteous walks not in the counsel of the wicked. Inversely, the wicked walks in the counsel of the wicked. The wicked man stands in the way of sinners and eventually sits in the seat of scoffers. The progression from wicked to scoffers describes the progression of the wicked man. Additionally, that which the...

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Psalm 1:2 - But his delight is in the law of the LORD

Nahum O'Brien on February 7, 2018

First the psalmist described the righteous man by what he does NOT. Now the psalmist describes the righteous man in terms of what he DOES. The righteous man delights in the law of the LORD. This is to say the righteous man finds pleasure in the law of the LORD. He desires and finds his happiness in the law of the LORD. Instead of finding pleasure in sin, he finds pleasure in the truth of God’s word. He desires to become more and more acquainted with it. He desires to be in the Word of God both day and night. ...

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Psalm 1:1 - ...who walks not...

Nahum O'Brien on January 31, 2018

Blessed is the man who “walks not in the counsel of the wicked.” This is the first of three things the psalmist says righteous man does not do. What does it mean to walk not in the counsel of the wicked. The use of the word “walk” here denotes a way of life or conduct. It is that which distinguishes a man or his course in life. Therefore, to say that he “walks not” in the counsel of the wicked, is to say that his lifestyle is not one that is influenced by the counsel of the wicked. “Counsel” here...

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Psalm 1:1 - Blessed is the man...

Nahum O'Brien on January 30, 2018

Let us now look at our text. In Psalm 1 you will find a contrast between the righteous and the wicked. Also, you will find the way of the righteous contrasted with the way of the wicked. Psalm 1 is divided into three sections. The first section, verses 1-2, deals with the company the righteous and the wicked keep and the counsel they seek out. In the second section, verses 3-4, we will see an intimate description of the righteous and the wicked. The third section, verses 5-6, will reveal their standing or relationship before God on the day of...

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Psalm 1 - An Introduction

Nahum O'Brien on December 21, 2017

  Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stands in the way of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of scoffers; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And on his law he meditates day and night.   He is like a tree Planted by streams of water That yields its fruit in its season, And its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, But are like chaff that the wind drives away.   Therefore the wicked will not stand in...

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A Brief Introduction to The Psalms

Nahum O'Brien on December 19, 2017

The Book of Psalms holds a very dear place in a believers heart. Who among us hasn’t at least once in our lives searched its pages for wisdom, counsel, or consolation. Charles Dodd once noted, “The Psalms are fitted to all persons and ages, to all manner of employments, and to all conditions and circumstances of life.” The Psalms are uniquely designed to be a comfort to the believer no matter life’s circumstances. One theologian remarked, “How much comfort, light, and strength have the Psalms imparted to my soul.” I’m sure we all could affirm the truthfulness of these statements....

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