Rabbi’s Reflections – Sunday, March 10, 2024
Shavuah Tov,

The Psalms
An Introduction, Psalms 1 and 2
Part 10, Psalm 2:3

Psalm 2:3 “Let’s rip their chains apart, and throw their ropes off us!”

This verse, as a stand alone verse, is ripped out of it’s context.  Let’s take a moment to appreciate what is happening.  The nations are angry!  Their leaders (kings) have conspired (formed an alliance) against God.  Why?  Because they see God’s authority as a limit to their own.  This is deception, pure and simple.

God is love… 1John 4:9 The love of God was revealed among us by this—that God sent His one and only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 This is love—not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atonement for our sins.  In rejecting the Son, the world, and its leaders, have rejected the love of God.  Today, they have even gone so far as to actually call God’s love, “Hate.”  The “ripping” and “throwing” of chains and ropes is all in their heads.

Yes, God wants to contstrain evil and enable righteousness.  Those who want to do evil feel the tension of their unrighteousness.  However; they misinterpret this as something to fight against, rather than to endorse and support.  Galatians 5:17 For the flesh sets its desire against the Ruach, but the Ruach sets its desire against the flesh—for these are in opposition to one another, so that you cannot do what you want.  My advice, don’t fight God’s call to righteousness.   What comes to mind is how Saul was struck on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9).

We see prophetically that the kings of this world are not going to give their autonomy over to God easily.  This is the same situation as Pharaoh.  And just like with Pharaoh, God will get the glory.  He will have the complete victory.  Revelation 12:10 Then I heard a loud voice in heaven saying, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Anointed One, for the accuser of our brothers and sisters—the one who accuses them before our God day and night—has been thrown out.

Remember last week we were dealing with the “great divide?”  Let’s add this to the discussion….  Rev 22:11  Let the evildoer still do evil, and the filthy still be filthy, and the righteous still do righteousness, and the holy still be holy.  Shalom shalom.

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