Rabbi’s Reflections – Thursday, March 7, 2024

The Psalms
An Introduction, Psalms 1 and 2
Part 8, Psalm 2:1

Psalm 2:1 Why are the nations in an uproar, and the peoples mutter vanity? 

Psalm 2 starts with a question which won’t be answered until verse 6.  Let me ask you a question… Are we living in the day of Psalm 2?  That question brings to mind yet another one… Could this be said of every generation since Yeshua came to earth 2,000 years ago?  We’ll deal with all of this and more in the RR today.

In Hebrew, the uproar of the nations (Goyim) is “Ragash.”  This is the only place in the Bible where it is used.  Looking at the consonants makes me wonder if our English word “rage” is derived from Ragash.

Rabbi Trail:  There are a quite a few Hebrew words that may have turned into an English equivalent.  I’m not talking about “borrowed” words, of which there are many, but actual derivations.  The only one that comes to mind as I’m writing this is the Hebrew word for “hungry,” “Ra’ev.”  I believe our English word “ravenous” is derived from it.

An interesting book (I read years ago) on this subject is “How The Hebrew Language Grew” by Edward Horowitz.  The reason there are borrowed words (really from every language) is that there are many words used in the modern world for which there is no ancient world equivalent.

An example is the Hebrew word for “computer,” “Mach’shiv.”  “Choshev” means, “I think,” so we prefix the “Mem” and “Choshev” becomes a noun, “Machshiv,” the “thing that thinks.”

Well, we’ve drifted far beyond our subject verse.  Let’s get back to the reality of the Scripture.  End RT.

Are the nations raging?  Are you kidding?  Every nation in the world is ready to blame every problem in the world on little old Israel.  And why?  Because God is making them….  Read this prophesy over the nations selected from Ezekiel 38:8-12 In the latter years, you will come against the land that has been brought back … on the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste… you will come up, you will come like a storm,… you and all your troops and many peoples with you.’”

… Thus says Adonai Elohim: “It will come to pass in that day that things will come into your heart and you will devise an evil plan. 11 You will say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who live securely, all of them living without walls, having no bars or gates, 12a in order to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places now inhabited and against the people gathered from the nations.

Sounds a lot like an accurate description of the current war in Israel, doesn’t it?  Why are the nations in an uproar? I mentioned earlier the answer comes in verse 6… Psalm 2:6 “I have set up My king upon Zion, My holy mountain.”  Who is the “My king” spoken of here?  The rabbis have had many possible answers over the centuries.  Looking back from today, there is only one possible correct answer, Yeshua HaMashiach!

And that’s why the nations rage.  The enemy knows, just as we do, that Yeshua will reign from Zion.  The adversary, Satan, has influenced the nations to fight against that reality.  But in the initial stages of that fight, they express their rage against God’s plan.  I love it when the Bible answers its own questions, don’t you?  Shalom shalom.

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