Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
for his wrath is quickly kindled. (Psalm 2:12)
As we look out at the world, it can sometimes be discouraging and disheartening to see the world spiraling out of control, literally in a tailspin with the ground rapidly approaching. It appears the world has no regard or reverence for God and we wonder why God puts up with us. However, the current anti-God attitude displayed in society and in our culture is not new. In fact, Cain killing his own brother Abel in Genesis 4, right at the start of world history, was the first act of extreme irreverence toward God. Abel was created in the image of God, the second-born son of Adam and Eve, and his own brother killed him. Thus, we read in the second psalm, “Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed” (vv.1-2). The author of Psalm 2 is unknown, but if we assume David wrote it, since he is the author of most of the psalms, then this psalm was written about one-thousand years before Christ, three-thousand years before today. The world has always been “against the LORD and against his Anointed.” Yet while we fret about what we see happening in the world and we worry about the future of our nation, we are told that God “sits in the heavens [and] laughs; the Lord holds them in derision” (v.4). God looks at the world’s anti-God posturing, and it is like a baby kitten hissing and being aggressive toward a 600-pound grizzly bear. Laughable! If God is not fretting about what he sees in the world, neither should we. Hence, Psalm 2 ends with a strong and sober warning from God. “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son [Jesus Christ], lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled.” God is being incredibly patient with the world. But much like the grizzly bear staring in amazement and bewilderment at the half-pound kitten baring his teeth and hissing, there will come a day when the grizzly bear will have had enough.
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