Old Testament word of truth
This is a Psalm about the controversy between God the Father with His Son and the rulers of the nations of this world. Many Adventists do not believe it has anything to with the Son of God at all, but you will see that it definitely does. Let us examine it.
V1-4. "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings and rulers of the earth set themselves together, against the Lord, and against His anointed saying, ‘Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."
The setting --- the heathen are raging against God and His anointed Son.
V4.5. "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. He shall speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure."
The Lord God will have the last say in His wrath.
V6.7. "God has set My king upon His holy hill in Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto Me, ‘Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten thee."
God says He has set His anointed as king in Zion, and announces that He is His begotten Son, which obviously is not for the benefit of the Son, but that the heathen will realise they are fighting against the Son of God. The Hebrew word ‘set’ is nacak(Strong’s 5258, meaning ‘to pour out, to anoint’). It means to be anointed to an office, in this case to be the king of Zion or Jerusalem. (It is the same word as in Proverbs 8:23)
V8.9. "Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritances, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel."
This verse is actually the promise of God to His Son for covenanting to save mankind from the penalty of sin. If the Son would take on humanity, keep the Law of His Father and pay the penalty for man’s sin, God would give Him the earth for His possession. He would be king of an eternal kingdom. The converted nations and people would also be given to serve Him. Look at the words in Daniel.
"And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed." Daniel 7:13.14.
The heathen who do not repent will be broken with a “rod of iron” (Revelation 12:5). They will suffer the punishment for their rejection of Him.
The Psalm returns to giving counsel to the heathen kings and rulers of the nations.
V10-12. "Be wise now therefore O ye kings, be instructed ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you perish when His wrath is kindled.
This verse is very clear that it is still speaking of God’s Son. The warning is given to the nations that they had better bow to the Son with fear, and rejoice with trembling, or they will perish.
God's Son has been given great authority and power by His Father.
God said, "Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries." Exodus 23:20-22.
New Testament word of truth
A crippled man is at the gate Beautiful crying out to Peter and John as they walk into the temple. The man cries out for alms. The apostles stop and look at him. Acts 3:1-5. Then Peter says the following.
V6-9. “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: IN the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up; and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, waling and leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God.”
The next day Annas, Caiaphas and others set the apostles in their midst and asked them a question. Acts 4:5.6.
4:7. “By what power or by what name have ye done this?”
Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, says to them,
“Ye rulers of the people and elders of Israel… Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole… Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:7.8.10.
The leaders are amazed and incensed. Seeing the healed man standing before them, they say nothing, but give a warning to the apostles.
“They commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus." Acts 4:18.
Peter and John reply.
“Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." Acts 4:19.20.
The Jewish leaders threaten them and leave. Acts 4:21.
After the leaders have gone, Peter and John lift up their voices in prayer.
“Lord, thou art God, which has made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, ‘Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy Word. By stretching forth thine hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” Acts 4:24-30.
John and Peter have confirmed that Psalm 2 is speaking of the Father and His only begotten Son.
Psalm 2 ends with the words,
“Blessed are those that put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12.
Psalm 2 Confirmed