Bible: What Does Psalms 1-2 Teach Us About the "Blessed" Man and Messiah's Kingdom?
A Tree Firmly Planted
The Road to Spiritual Happiness
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Psalm 1-2: The Way of the "Blessed" Man/The Messiah's Victory and Kingdom
"O, the Happinesses of the Man"
The man upon whom God will bestow many “happinesses” refuses to follow advice from those who reject the LORD; he also does not ally himself with those who mock what is right (v. 1).
Rather, he receives mental and spiritual input through his twice-daily habit of pondering God's Torah and mulling over the implications of its instruction for his life (v. 2).
These righteous practices lead to a prosperous life: an abundant supply of spiritual nourishment, “fruit-bearing” at the proper time, and robust health (“whose leaf also shall not wither) [v. 3].
[Is David implying here that an improper time exists for bearing spiritual fruit?]
On the other hand, the lives of the ungodly produce worthless things, and God will not permit them a place among the righteous (vv. 4-5).
Verse 6 summarizes the opposite outcomes of the two "ways" of life: God approves of the “road” the righteous takes, but the wicked one’s lifestyle will lead to death.
[If you seek to experience a prosperous spiritual life, live in the Scriptures; apply its moral principles to your everyday life].
Jesus the Messiah?
Do you believe that Jesus is the Messiah?
God Laughs at Mankind's Futile Rebellion
The psalmist's question suggests his bewilderment about the foolishness of various groups and individuals who think they can pull off a rebellious stunt against the LORD (v. 1).
[Along with their “companions,” the Apostles Peter and John quote Psalm 2:1-2 in Acts 4:25-46 and interpret the dramatis personae as follows:
the “angry nations” represent the Gentiles, the goyim;
the “plotting people” point to the Jewish nation (or just its leaders);
Pontius Pilate exemplifies “the kings of the earth”;
“the rulers” find Herod as their delegate;
and of course, Jesus is the Christ, the mashiach, the Anointed One.
Luke appears to name the Holy Spirit as the One who prophesied through David about the world’s opposition to the Christ.
The NU text specifies that the Holy Spirit spoke through the patriarch, while the M text omits this notation as well as “our father,” referring to David (v. 25a)].
Verse 3 records the rebellious words of these conspirators who believe they can overpower the Deity (“the LORD and His Anointed”), Whom they perceive as slave masters. The LORD responds to their bluster with derisive laughter (v. 4; cf. Ps. 59:8).
After human beings reject and then rebel against God's authority to set the parameters for their moral and religious lives, they should expect nothing less than the outward manifestation of His displeasure; namely, wrath (v. 5).
The Lord Coming in His Kingdom--Transfiguration
Characteristics of Messiah's Earthly Reign
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The LORD's Decree
Despite the world's disobedience, the LORD remains unmoved and announces the installation of His King in Jerusalem (v. 6).
This God-Man then declares the LORD's decree: the King is God’s Son by virtue of the act of "begetting."
Here the Son's begetting refers to His assuming His earthly throne during the Millennial Kingdom (v. 7; cf. Acts 13:33 where the term pertains to the Resurrection; Hebrews 1:5, the Ascension; and Hebrews 5:5, His High Priestly role).
The Son merely needs to ask the Father, and He will give Him worldwide sovereignty (v. 8).
Strict justice will characterize His reign upon the Earth (v. 9; cf. Rev. 2:27).
Finally, the psalmist turns to human kings and judges, and advises them (in light of the preceding facts) to show wisdom by worshiping God with reverence in order to avoid experiencing His wrath (vv. 10-12c).
After asserting a characteristic of the blessed (here, it is trust in God), David concludes the same way the writer of the first psalm began his work (v. 12d; cf. Ps. 1:1).
[This psalm sets a serious tone that not only stresses the LORD's intolerance of rebellion against His rule, but also His certain wrath upon those who persist in it].
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