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May 23 - Morning

"Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,

'Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.'

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

'I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.'

- Psalms 2:1-6
(Read all of Psalm 2:1-12)

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Prophetic Coronation Psalm    

Psalm 2 is a coronation psalm used and recited at the royal coronation of the Davidic kings of Judah. The coronation of a new king in the line of David would have taken place in the courtyard of the Temple (2 Chron. 23:8-13). The coronation would have included the crowning of the king, the presentation of a copy of the Mosaic Covenant to the new king (Deut. 17:18-20) and the public proclamation of his kingship followed by the king being anointed with oil (2 Kings 11:12). At this time four different people to represent the four separate parts of this Psalm would recite Psalm 2.

  1. 2:1-3 – The arrogant nations and their rulers in rebellion against God.
  2. 2:4-6 – God mocks these rebels and rebukes them from his throne in heaven.
  3. 2:7-9 – The newly anointed king speaks to recognize his position was established by God and his rule comes with purpose, promises and responsibilities.
  4. 2:10-12 – David advises the Gentile kings by personally warning the nations and tells them to consider carefully the severity of this reality.

The term “anointed” refers to a human man being anointed by God to fulfill God’s rule on earth. This “anointed” is foundational for the concept of the Messiah and Jesus’ ministry. The use of the word “today” indicates that this Psalm or proclamation was announced on the day of the man’s coronation as king. The phrase “I have begotten you” speaks of a legal adoption, but it also carries with it a new beginning, even a new birth, as a man is placed in position by Deity to serve as the Deity’s representative on earth.

Do notice that the Anointed One’s (the new king) responsibility was to ask God to grant him his rightful concessions. The position of king came with certain responsibilities along with established provisions and a determined jurisdiction. In this Psalm we see the anointed king being told to ask that these to be given to him in his reign. This reign is characterized as being as strong as iron over the rebellious nations who are portrayed as being as fragile as a clay pot when they face the Lord’s anointed king.

It is clear from the Old Testament that no king of Judah fully manifested this kind of authority, yet each king was anointed with this as the goal. It was even a promise from God himself. The coming of Jesus and his ministry picked up on this idea. But, in the end the arrogant nations and rebellious people crucified the Anointed One.

Yet, this Psalm 2 is one of the most frequently quoted Psalms by the early church in the New Testament because they understood there was yet a future day when this anointed man, Jesus, would return and fulfill his role as the anointed king and dash the rebellious nations to pieces like pottery and rule the earth for the Kingdom of God. The writer of this Psalm warns the Gentile nations and people to honor this king before his wrath flares up. This day of wrath is still in the future, but we know it is coming.

(Zion was originally a reference to the Jerusalem David took from the Jebusites located on the southeastern hill of today’s Jerusalem (called the City of David.) Eventually, Zion referred to all of Jerusalem. The Crusaders mis-identified the hill on the southwest side of Jerusalem as Mount Zion so the name stands there today.)
  Christian Quote from Church History
“The spiritualization of sensuality is called love:
it is a great triumph over Christianity.”
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Something to Ponder??

Contrary to weak, wimpy and passive image many Christian teachings and media presentations give Jesus, the scriptural account presents a man who could draw an audience and maintain their attention for long periods of time while speaking. Command the loyalty of men in the face of great danger. And, among many other dramatic character traits, Jesus publicly demonstrated extreme passion when he overthrew the tables in the temple courts two times
(first, John 2:11-12, after his first miracle;
second, after his triumphal entry in Matthew 21:17-23.) Jesus publicly wept several times and was often moved by his compassion
(John 11:35;
Matthew 9:36-38; 21:12;
Mark 1:41).

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information
Kabod (Hb) - Glory (Eng) - means "glory" and "honor." A man can have great influence (kabod) in his community as in Proverbs 11:16 or a man can lose his kabod as in Proverbs 26:1, 8 because of his behavior. God also has kabod and men need to recognize the Lord's kabod.   Beginning in 1996 Aren Maeir began excavation of Tell es-Safi and uncovered Goliath?s hometown, the Philistine city of Gath. A trench system was discovered that had been dug around the city between 1000-550 BC. This trench was an attempt to prevent the Philistine citizens from fleeing the Aramean siege of Gath by King Hazael recorded in
2 Kings 12:17.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

Do I seek my own glory while mocking the Lord’s glory? I will recognize the Lord’s glory and submit any glory, honor, ability or success of mine to the worthy glory of the Lord.

"Punish them with the rod
    and save them from death"

- Proverbs 23:14
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Peace with opponents


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Walls of Jericho, mud bricks, homes on Jericho's walls

Diagram of towers and walls protecting the Gihon Springs

An on-site diagram shows the details of the wall and towers that defended the Gihon Springs. The remains of the base of these towers can be seen behind and around the diagram.

A mud brick structure, likely a residence, sets outside along the retaining walls of Jericho. The retaining walls served as foundational support for the city and the walls of Jericho that collapsed in Joshua's day. Rahab may have lived in a home like this on the wall.  
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