I just finished a great article in Zion’s Fire entitled Psalm 2: The Psalm of the 4 Speakers by Dr. Gary Cohen. I have spent a good deal of time studying Psalm 2 in the past, but looking at it through a fresh lens has provided a couple of insights for me.
10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
First, Cohen points out in his article that the word for “Son” used in verse 12 of the psalm is the Aramaic word “bar”. Instead of the Hebrew word “ben”, the psalmist uses a foreign word for the heir of the Gentile kingdoms. While Cohen has many things to say about this, I found this to be highly thought provoking in a different light. Here is the psalmist giving the Gentile nations a choice whether or not to submit to the Son or face His wrath. When describing this Son, the psalmist is using their word. It’s like the psalmist is relating the Son in a way that these Gentiles can understand Him. Here in verse 12 as he addresses the Gentiles, the Messiah is not the “ben”, the Israelite Messiah; He is the “bar”, the Son who is the Messiah of the Gentiles. It is as if the psalmist is saying, “He’s someone you can know and trust.”
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
Another thought that I had was in light of verse 8. This is the voice of the Father telling the Son what He can ask for. Now we know that within the mind of God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) there is never a cross word, never any difference of mind, they are One. So the Father would not tell the Son to ask for something that the Son wouldn’t already want. The Son delights to please the Father and the Father glorifies the Son.
The Father is saying, “Ask me for this and I’ll give it to you.” The possession that would make God happy for the Son to have is the Gentile nations of the earth. This is after the Son has been proclaimed King on Mount Zion. The Son is King in Israel, yet He is not satisfied. He wants to be Ruler of ALL nations, not just one people. His loving kindness to Israel has spanned thousands of years, putting up with their hard hearts until they finally repent at the end of this age. Yet He loves not just Israel, but all nations. His first request after He becomes King in Zion is to have the Gentiles as part of His kingdom.
Some might think that the love of the Son for the Gentiles is incompatible with the rod of iron crushing the rebellion of the Gentile nations. It is this rod which crushes the nations in rebellion against Him which proves His love. He sees beyond the armies marching against Him into the kingdom where Gentiles love and respect each other. Gentiles are trying to kill one another now. Jesus intends to establish a kingdom of peace. In order to do that, the military might of these rebels must be smashed.
Notice how these Gentiles have a choice in the form of a warning. It is put to them to decide. Will they “kiss the Son”? This would include submission to the Messiah. Respect and awe for this newly installed King will be required. He is no one to be trifled with. Or will they “perish by the way” because they do not take refuge in Him? Complete protection is provided for all who trust in this Messiah, specifically for Gentiles in these verses.
Remember the reign of Solomon. It was an era of peace. Gentile rulers came and sought out his wisdom. They understood that to have Solomon on the throne in Israel meant peace for all the surrounding nations. Economic prosperity dominated the entire region. But this reign of peace would not have happened had not David defeated all the rebel enemies of God during His reign. The combined reigns of David and Solomon stand as a picture of the reign of the true Messiah. He will defeat the enemies of God, and then reign in peace.
The Messianic Kingdom, specifically the premillennial position, is a testimony to God’s love for the Gentile nations.
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