Skip to comments.The People Imagine A Vain Thing...Psalm 2
Posted on 01/25/2011 2:01:44 PM PST by pastorbillrandles
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. (Psalm 2:1-4)
Psalm one and Psalm two go together. Psalm one looks at an individual over against the world he lives in. The Individual is separated inwardly, he thinks differently because he has a different source, the Law of God. He meditates on scripture and has an entirely different worldview, than the prevailing counsel of the ungodly.
Psalm two is a look at a whole world in revolt against the LORD and His Christ. The nations are in an uproar, and the Psalm offers a Divine explanation for the turmoil. It has to do with the ruling elite, that is the Kings of the earth and their rulers.
We are not restricting this phrase to political or royal rulers, for it refers to all of the ruling elite in every field. leaders in politics, religious heads, education experts, pundits and opinion shapers, Legal experts and media heads, arts and entertainment decision makers, are all included in this idea.
What have they done? Why do the heathen rage? The Kings and rulers have all set themselves, and taken counsel together against the Lord and His Christ. When did they do this? This has been happening on a lot of fronts and over a long period of time.
They have been educated in the Western Universities to think a certain similar way, therefore it is not amazing that there is a uniformity of thought among the ruling elite of the world.
The thinking in which the leading figures of so many fields agree is basically antichristian. the presupposition is that God did not create the earth in six days, the earth evolved over billions of years. Also that man has not been made in the Image of God, man is merely a highly evolved mammal.
The Universities have steeped the movers and shakers of the world into a worldview of godless materialism, and the Psalmist saw it centuries before Christ! After four or five generations of this, the resistance to the religion of the LORD and of his Christ becomes open and near universal.
In Russia and much of Europe this Vain Imagination that there is no God and that man must define himself, his own morality, his own fate and remake his world, germinated into various degrees of Marxism, with the result of brutal oppression for millions.
The Marxist experiments to make paradise on earth were all manifestly miserable failures, but that doesnt stop the elites from still believing. After the failure of the Soviet Union, eastern Europe, Red China to create atheistic Utopias, still our rulers and leaders believe in the vain Imagination.
And always along with the implementation of the vain thing comes a corresponding war on the former ideal which captured the imagination of a good part of the western world for centuries, the Judeo Christian vision for a just and civil society.
In service of the vain Imagination all trappings of the religion of "the LORD and His Christ have to be removed. Thus the removal of the ten commandments from public courthouses, and school walls, the vigorous revision of history to eradicate all that is God honoring from our heritage, the open hostility to any public acknowledgment of God.
One vain Imagination has led to another in our topsy-turvy world. If there is no god, why should marriage be sacred? Why should a human life be any more sacred than an animals? Why go through the inconvenience of having children?
As a consequence of the vain Imagination has come the disastrous sexual revolution the feminist revolt against the God ordained roles of male and female, the abortion genocide, homosexual marriage , and a host of other ills which are ravaging the west at this time. These Utopias always end up resembling hell.
Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us
In the end the tolerant always viciously attack the religion of the LORD and of His Christ. The bands they seek to break refer to the bondage the LORD supposedly puts them and their constituency under.
The word religion comes from the latin word religio, which is binding, your religion is your bondage. I admit that I am a willing bondsman of Jesus Christ.
The Kings of the earth want to cast aside the bondage that the christian religion has brought us into. And the people adopt this attitude, Away with patriarchal marriage! Away with the homophobes! Narrow minded bigots! Away with the ten commandments, get them out of here!
One place where the Kings of the earth meet to do this is the U.N..The time we live in now is uniquely applicable to many prophecies because never before has there been a forum for the Kings of the earth to meet together and take counsel, until 1948 when the U.N. was founded.
The U.N. consistently supports the Vain Imagination that we can build a world that is godless, and Christless, and improve on the old world that was once dominated by a Judeo Christian consensus.The brave new world is doomed to fail, but not for lack of human effort.
God himself will have few things to say about it.But first he will have a good laugh at them.
What is the alternative for the nations?
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, And you perish in the way, When His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.The nations need to be taught to embrace and love the Son and be brought into His kingdom. This is the task of the Church. And we can have assurance of success because the King is on His throne, and all authority has been given to Him (Matt. 28:18-20).
The nations have but two options.
31 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. (Matt. 25)The task of the Church is to bring the good news to the nations so the salvation of the Lord might be known throughout.
They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord As the waters cover the sea. (Isa. 11:9)
I agree Topcat- I am working through the Psalm and heading towards the salvific conclusion- thanks for you insights.