Why Do The Nations Conspire? (Psalm 2)

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Psalm 2


1. When you were young, how did you try to plot, conspire or weasel your way out of a jam with your parents? How did they react?

2. As “king for a day”, what law would you first abolish? Why?

3. As a song about the king, what do verses 1 – 3 indicate is happening? What are the “chains and fetters”?

4. “Messiah” is Hebrew for “anointed one”. Who is the “messiah” of verse 2? How is opposition to Israel’s king (verses 2, 3, 10) also opposition to God?

5. What comforting news does the psalmist proclaim in the face of warring neighbors (verses 4 – 6)? Who is God’s “son” in verses 7 and 12 (see 2 Samuel 7:12 – 16)? Why would the Jewish people pin their messianic hopes on the king?

6. Who are the “nations” and “ends of the earth?” What is God asking these nations to do?

7. The New Testament often applies this psalm to Jesus (see Matthew 3:17; Acts 4:25 – 27; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5; Hebrews 5:5). How are Jesus and the “anointed one” similar as “sons of God”? How do they differ?

8. How do you “kiss the Son” (i. e. express homage to King Jesus)?

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