1. Hello, listening friends.
2. It is a delight and joy to have you tune in today.
3. We always look forward to bringing you new series of messages, as we will today;
4. and we will begin with selective messages from the Psalms.
5. Jesus said that the world would hate Christians,
6. because they hated Him first;
7. and Psalm 2 tells us that the world hated Jesus 1,000 years before He was born in Bethlehem.
8. If you have your Bible, turn to Psalm 2, to read it with us;
9. Turn to Psalm 2, beginning with verse 1.
10. “Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
11. The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One.
12. ‘Let us break their chains,’ they say, ‘and throw off their fetters.’
13. The One enthroned in Heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
14. Then He rebukes them in His anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying,
15. 'I have installed My King on Zion, My holy hill.'
16. I will proclaim the decree of the Lord; He said to me, 'You are My Son; today, I have become your Father.
17. Ask of Me, and I will make the nations Your inheritance, the ends of the earth Your possession.
18. You will rule them with an iron scepter; You will dash them in pieces like pottery.'
19. Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
20. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice in trembling.
21. Kiss the Son - lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way,
22. for His wrath can flare up in a moment.
23. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”
24. Psalm 2 is one of the clearest messianic prophecies in the Old Testament.
25. It is promised about the Lord Jesus Christ 1,000 years before He was born.
26. In this Psalm, there are four speakers.
27. Each of them speaks for three verses.
28. The first speaker is in verses 1 to 3,
29. and it is the voice of the narrator.
30. The second speaker is in verses 4 to 6,
31. and it is the voice of God the Father.
32. The third speaker is in verses 7 to 9,
33. and it is the voice of God the Son.
34. The fourth speaker and the final verses -
35. it is the voice of God the Holy Spirit.
36. There is another way I want to explain this, so you can remember it.
37. First, there is man’s defiance to God’s authority.
38. Secondly, there is the Father’s displeasure over man’s rebellion.
39. Thirdly, there is the dominion over the earth by God the Son.
40. Finally, there is the Spirit’s deliverance of those who turn to Jesus Christ.
41. In Psalm 2, you will see evidence of the Trinity in the Old Testament.
42. Some people say that the Trinity is a New Testament idea,
43. but that’s false teaching.
44. Although the Trinity is not fully revealed in the Old Testament,
45. but we see it when God said, “Let’s go and make man according to our own image.”
46. He was talking in the voice of the Trinity,
47. and Psalm 2 is the clearest revelation of the holy Trinity.
48. This revelation was made 1,000 years before Christ was revealed.
49. It was made 1,000 years before the Holy Spirit was given to the earth.
50. Psalm 2 is one of the most quoted Psalms in the New Testament,
51. and that is because this Psalm found its true fulfillment in the New Testament;
52. but, first, let’s hear the narrator’s voice.
53. He speaks of man’s defiance of God’s authority;
54. but, first, let me ask you a question.
55. Have you ever asked yourself why Christians are persecuted everywhere,
56. or, why do people hate God so much,
57. or, why do people resent God’s Son so much,
58. or, why do people plot against the authority of God’s Word,
59. and, why do people protest against God’s appointed commandments?
60. Have you ever asked yourself these questions?
61. I want to give you an answer to these questions;
62. but, first, I want to tell you something important.
63. There is an important word in verse 1 of Psalm 2.
64. The word is "meditation."
65. Meditation means "imagination" or "plotting."
66. I want you to contrast that word with the same word found in Psalm 1.
67. In the original language, it’s exactly the same word.
68. Psalm 1 says, “Blessed is the man who meditates upon the Word of God.”
69. This is the same word as I told you from Psalm 2.
70. In Psalm 1, it says that the godly meditate upon God’s Word.
71. In Psalm 2, it says that the ungodly meditate on how to get rid of God.
72. Psalm 1 says that the godly imagine good things and godly thoughts;
73. but, in Psalm 2, it says that the ungodly imagine ways to defy God.
74. In Psalm 1, the hearts of the godly are filled with thoughts of glorifying God;
75. but, in Psalm 2, the hearts of the ungodly are filled with thoughts of undermining the authority of the Word of God.
76. In Psalm 1, the godly take their stand upon the Word of God;
77. but, in Psalm 2, the ungodly take their stand upon falsehood.
78. When it comes to their defiance of God, ungodly people may hate each other,
79. but they unite through the commonality of hating God;
80. and the psalmist warned us of this 3,000 years ago.
81. God’s morals are repugnant to the ungodly.
82. They cannot stand God’s Word, so they want to change It.
83. Their restraints have been broken.
84. Now, I want to say a word to the Christians.
85. When you begin to think that what you want is more important than what is in the Word of God,
86. you are doing what the heathens are doing.
87. When you neglect and ignore the Word of God,
88. you are doing what the heathens are doing.
89. When you neglect your prayer life,
90. you are doing what the heathens are doing.
91. How does God react to this?
92. Well, look at verses 4, 5 and 6 of Psalm 2.
93. There is one thing that God is not doing.
94. He is not wringing His hands in Heaven.
95. He is not saying, ‘"Oh, no! What am I going to do?"
96. He is not worrying about the people who are rejecting His Son.
97. This is one thing He’s not doing.
98. The Bible said that God laughs and He scoffs at the ungodly.
99. Now, let me help you to understand why God laughs.
100. Well, imagine an elephant’s reaction when he is challenged by a mouse.
101. Now, you’ll understand what I’m trying to say.
102. If the ungodly think that they can get rid of God’s Son,
103. they might as well try to reach out into the skies and pull down the stars.
104. If they think they can get rid of God out of life,
105. let them pull down the sun and the moon.
106. If they think they can get rid of God’s Messiah out of life,
107. let them reach to the heavens and destroy the galaxies.
108. If they think they can get rid of God’s appointed Redeemer,
109. let them control the rain and the storms and the floods.
110. If they think they can throw God out of life,
111. let them stop the droughts and the hurricanes and the earthquakes.
112. If they think they can get rid of God’s own revelation to the world,
113. let them put the ocean in a bucket.
114. The psalmist said that God does not hide from them.
115. He does not look down to count the enemies that He is up against.
116. The Bible said that God doesn’t even get out of His seat.
117. He sits in His seat and He laughs at them.
118. He laughs at those who think that they can get rid of Him.
119. This is the only time in the Bible that says God laughs.
120. This is a laugh of derision.
121. With all of our technologies and all of our sciences,
122. with all of our skills and with all of our talents,
123. with all of our innovations,
124. with all of our creativities,
125. with all of our big talk, we are only one breath away from being dust of the earth.
126. Our very breath is on lease from God.
127. He can click His finger and take the lease away, and you and I are dead.
128. Sometimes, I want to laugh, just like God.
129. When I hear people talk about the power of man,
130. I want to laugh like God.
131. Look at verse 5 of Psalm 2.
132. It is a powerful verse, and I will tell you what it means.
133. Let’s read it first.
134. It describes the time when the last peal of God’s chilling laughter dies away.
135. His laughter will be replaced by the rising tide of fearful, holy wrath.
136. My listening friend, I want you, please, to listen carefully.
137. When God’s patience runs out, it will give way to justice;
138. and I pray for that day to come.
139. When that day comes, those who want to despise God’s Son,
140. those who deny the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ,
141. those who have scorned the virgin birth,
142. those who have denied the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
143. those who have wanted to live their lives their way, not God’s way,
144. those who have shed innocent blood,
145. they will stand alone, without defense.
146. The Bible describes how they react on the Day of Judgment;
147. and I say that, not with joy, but with sorrow in my heart.
148. Some people will have to go through the Day of Judgment.
149. The Bible describes the Day of Judgment as a dreadful and great day.
150. On the Day of Judgment, the rulers of the earth will be running from mountain to mountain.
151. They will cry out to the rocks, saying,
152. “Fall on us! Cover us from the face of Him Who sits on the throne.”
153. There is only one Person Who can deliver you from the Day of Judgment.
154. There is only one Person Who can save you from this dreadful judgment.
155. His name is Jesus.
156. Is He your Savior?
157. He can be, today.
158. Will you come to Him?
159. Will you ask Him to be your Savior, today?
160. He is already knocking on the door of your heart.
161. Will you open the door of your heart?
162. It is our prayer that you would say "yes" to Jesus.
163. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessings.