Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Title: Jesus Is King
By: Pastor Isaac Yim
Psalm 2 (A Messianic Psalm)
Messianic Psalm refers to any of the collection of the 150 Psalms speaking prophetically of the Lord Jesus Christ. We distinguish among implied references and minor quotations to Christ, and Psalms primarily or entirely of Him. There are Psalms strictly referring to Jesus Christ and others referring to David/Solomon and Jesus Christ. There are approximately 16 such Messianic Psalms (Psalms 2,8,16,22,24,40,41,45,68,69,72,89,91,102,110,118) among the 150. There are likely more of such Psalms. These Messianic Psalms show Christ’s coming, incarnation, death, sufferings, resurrection, ascension, judgement etc. The Psalms are quoted by Jesus Himself more than any other Old Testament book, even the book of Isaiah! There are over 100 quotations or references in the New Testament about Jesus Christ taken from the book of Psalms. These Psalms present the person and work of Jesus Christ, with enough material for a biography of His life. (Messianic Psalms – An Intro by T Ernest Wilson). From today till the end of 2020, I will be writing one of these Messianic Psalms weekly. I will begin with Psalm 2, as this is so relevant to us today.
The whole world is in turmoil politically, economically and socially. Irrespective of the chosen system a country adopts, we are all in serious trouble. Those who practise democratic system or the autocratic system are in deep trouble. Coming closer to home, we practice benevolent parliamentary democracy. There is a snap Sabah state election this month. Who knows, we may have a snap General Parliamentary Election too!
In our current situation, many feel a sense of disillusionment and betrayal. Most politicians are in there for their own benefits. They are immoral and corrupted. Thank God we still have some who have integrity and are working hard for the society and the future of the nation.
The theme of Psalm 2 is “Jesus is King”. He reigns. Psalm 2 (NLT):
v1 Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
v2 The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the LORD and against his anointed one.
v3 “Let us break their chains,” they cry, “and free ourselves from slavery to God.”
The first two verses talk about the hostility and opposition to Jesus’ reign. This was fulfilled when Pilate, Herod, the Gentiles and the Jewish religious people plotted against Jesus. Today, you can still hear national leaders trying very hard to break free from God. The President of the Philippines, challenged “Prove to me there is a God.” Breaking free from God is to be independent from God. Therefore, we don’t obey God and are not accountable to God. How arrogant can man be! In fact, these leaders become God. Crosses are taken down and up goes the portrait of their supreme leader to be worshipped as God.
v4 “But the one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them.” What does God do to their foolish plans to undermine God’s plan and purpose? He laughs! What can these so-called mighty men of the day accomplish? They only help to fulfil the plans of God. God in His anger rebukes and terrifies these people(v5) In recent times, we see the fury of God in floods of Biblical proportion; pestilences, earthquakes, typhoons, cyclones and other natural as well as man-made disasters. Our Lord is all over and is terrifying. Judgement is what awaits the rulers of the world.
v9 “You will break them with an iron rod and smash them like clay pots.” A rod of iron awaits the people who plot against the Lord. We thank God that as our Lord’s people, we can avoid this judgement and fate because we submit, worship and serve Jesus. So, we take our refuge in him.
This Psalm gives us a vivid picture of a nation, lost in its own godlessness; a picture of a powerful God whose eternal plans cannot be aborted by evil plots of powerful men; a picture of Christ the Son of God, who is Lord over all. It is our responsibility as Christians to pray for change in the world and to pray for the leaders of the nations.
Prayer for today
1. Lord, we pray that our leaders will grow in wisdom and discernment. It is difficult to be a politician. It is full of stress and temptations. Give them wisdom to handle themselves wisely. (Psalm 2:10)
2. Lord, we pray that our leaders will have purity and integrity. We thank the Lord for politicians; remind them when they serve the people, they are serving you. (Psalm 2:11)
3. Lord, we pray for ourselves as citizens; that we will be responsible to cast our votes carefully as you direct us. In Jesus’ Name.
标题 ： 耶稣是君王
在150诗篇里，弥赛亚诗指的是任何有关主耶稣基督的预言的诗篇。我们把它们区分为隐含的引用和次要的引语，以及主要或完全关于祂的诗篇。有些诗篇是严格地地指向耶稣基督，而其他的则提及大卫/所罗门和耶稣基督。 在150诗篇当中大概有16首弥赛亚诗 （诗篇2, 8, 16, 22, 24, 40, 41, 45, 68, 69, 72, 89, 91, 102, 110, 118)。可能还有更多类似的诗篇。这些弥赛亚诗展示基督的来临、 道成肉身、受死、受苦、复活、升天、审判等等。耶稣自己引用这些诗篇比旧约任何书卷，甚至以赛亚书都要多！新约中有超过100个关于耶稣基督的引述或参考都是来自诗篇。这些诗篇呈现耶稣基督的个人和祂的工作，提供的资料足以撰写祂的传记。(Messianic Psalms – 欧内斯特.威尔䕖的引言) 从今天起到2020年底，我将会在每星期写弥赛亚诗里的其中的一篇。我会先从诗篇第二篇开始，因为对今天的我们非常贴切。
第四节“那坐在天上的必发笑；主必嗤笑他们”。上帝对他们那些破坏祂的计划与目的的愚蠢计划作了什么回应？他发笑！这些所谓强势的人可以完成什么事呢？他们仅促成上帝的计划。第五节 “那时，祂要在怒中责备他们，在烈怒中惊吓他们” 最近，我们从史无前例的水灾、瘟疫、地震、台风、旋风和其他的自然和人为的灾害看见上帝的震怒。上帝遍满天下和令人望而生畏。等待着世界统治者的是审判。
1. 主啊，我们祈求我们的领袖会在智慧和洞察力上成长。作为一位政治家是困难的，充满着压力和引诱。赐给他们智慧，明智地管理自己。（诗篇 2:10）