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Psalms 2:2-3

Who Shall Rule?

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us."

The common peoples of the various nations of the earth do not necessarily act as a tumultuous mob without leadership. The scripture tells us that the kings of the earth have "set themselves," or "have taken a stand," against God and His anointed. The word "anointed" (Hebrew: mashiyach) can refer to any king, priest or the Messiah, but we learn from verse 7 that David is using it to refer to the Messiah.

The nations rage, because their kings lead them in their efforts. It says that the rulers of the world's nations take counsel together to oppose God and His Messiah. We need to look no farther than our Bibles to see the truth of that prophecy. King Herod slaughtered thousands of children to get rid of Jesus when He was still a harmless infant. Herod Antipas, tetrarch of Galilee, who is called a king (MarK 6:14), also opposed Jesus by leading his soldiers to mock Him and to "set Him at naught." (Luke 23:11) Then, there was Pontius Pilate who condemned Him to death. The religious rulers Caiaphas and Annas, the counsel of the Sanhedrin, and the Pharisees also conspired together against the Lord, Yahweh, and His Anointed.

The rebellion of the world's kings and rulers has continued against Yahweh and His Messiah. Down through the ages, they have persecuted His people, which is the body of Christ and His beloved church. There has never been a generation gone by without persecution. .

Today, the kings and rulers of nearly every country take counsel against the church. Even in America, land of the free, the government is persecuting God's anointed people. As I write this, a judge is being attacked for displaying a statue of the ten commandments in his courthouse, and a movie star is underfire for accurately depicting the way the Jewish rulers took counsel together to kill Jesus.

"Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us." Kings and rulers do not want to be restricted by God's law; they want to make their own laws. Kings and rulers do not want to bow down and worship a Savior; they want others to bow before them and to worship them. Kings and rulers do not want to be dependent on the power and grace of God; they want to wield and boast about their own powers.

In short, kings and rulers want to be their own gods. They want to cast off the yoke of Jesus, which is light and easy to bear, and to work only for themselves, unknowingly taking on a much heavier yoke. That is why, at the last day, there will be a terrible battle between the kings of the earth and the returning Messiah. Let it be known, however, that it will be no contest and the Messiah will emerge as the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

We must ask ourselves, "Who rules in my heart? Have I taken up the Savior's yoke which is light and easy to bear, or am I still stumbling under the weight of my own sins?" We can break His bands and cast them asunder, but that will not set us free. It will only give sin complete power over us. Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." (John 8:34) The kings and rulers of this earth have deceived themselves into thinking that they are free, but they are the slaves of sin.

Where do you stand?

Before The Throne:

Surrender your life over to the Lord Jesus Christ today. Exchange the burdens of sin for the freedom of knowing and living God's gospel truth. Pray for His forgiveness of every time that you tried to be your own king, your own god. Ask Him to restore you to full fellowship with Him. Pray for Jesus to reveal His will for your life and to help you to fulfill His every desire for you. Thank Him for His wonderful and marvellous grace.

For Further Study:

** kings. Psa 48:4; 110:5; Mat 2:16; Luk 13:31; 23:11,12; Act 12:1-6; Rev 17:12-14; ** rulers. Mat 26:3,59; 27:1; Act 4:5-8; ** Lord. Ex 16:7; Pr 21:30; Joh 15:23; Ac 9:4; ** anointed. Psa 45:7; 89:20; Isa 61:1; John 1:41; 3:34; Act 10:38; Heb 1:9;

(v.3) Jer 5:5; Luk 19:14,27; 1Pet 2:7,8;


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