“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession,” Psalm 2:8.
In verses 1-3 we may listen to the plotting and scheming of men against the Lord and His Christ.
Verses 4-6 bring us into the Council Chamber of the Almighty and we may listen to His response to man’s plotting. He ‘laughs’! He mocks man’s folly! He then will “speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”
Man will give an account of his evil words against the Saviour. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him,” Jude 14-15.
Note finally that the Father says: “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” He uses the past tense for something that has not yet taken place. Only God can so speak. “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that,” James 4:13-15. See also Rom 8:30 where our glorification, yet future, is spoken of in the past tense.
When we come to verses 7-9, we are listening to the Lord Jesus speaking.
I. THE SUM OF GOD’S PURPOSE AMONGST MEN IS TO SET CHRIST UP AS KING
“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”
II. LOOK AT THE TERRITORY OVER WHICH CHRIST SHALL REIGN
“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession,” verse 8.
III. THERE IS A DAY WHEN CHRIST SHALL ASK FOR THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE EARTH.
“Ask of me . . .” He shall claim His inheritance.
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