- Psalm 2:12 (NIV)
The second Psalm talks about the enemies of God. The enemies of God are people who rage against the Lord. They set themselves squarely against the ways of the Almighty. Their hatred of God goes so far that they wish to completely separate themselves from God.
“Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.”
- Psalm 2:4 (NKJV)
In other words, the hatred these people have for God and His Messiah is complete. Their hatred runs to such a depth that these haters want to be totally free from the Creator’s authority.
God responds to His enemies based upon His character. He responds based upon truth, justice, and love.
God deals with those who hate Him based upon truth. The truth is that God is God and man is not. Mortal conspiracy does not intimidate the Lord. The world may wish to reject God’s authority but God is sovereign. He rules all. Man has no power to escape accountability to God.
There is another truth that must be considered by those who hate God. Rebellion against God means death. The death from rebellion goes beyond physical and extends to the eternal. The penalty of rebellion is infinite and it mortifies most definitely. Rebellion brings God’s wrath.
This death resulting from rebellion against God is imposed upon man by God Himself. This is where God responds to His enemies in justice. God makes the rules. He is the One who sentences mankind to eternal death. He is just to do so because He is God. Bending His own rules would make the Lord unjust. The real God is never unjust.
God responds to His enemies in love. God’s love sends His Messiah, His Son, for a specific purpose.
I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You.’
- Psalm 2:7 (NKJV)
What was God’s purpose for sending His Son? The purpose for sending the Son was to fulfill God’s justice and make God’s enemies His friends. Jesus’ death on the cross paid the penalty for the world’s rebellion against God. The penalty was paid in full. Jesus’ resurrection was God’s acceptance of Jesus’ payment. In love, God made way for peace between Himself and His enemies.
Love bids all enemies of God to approach Jesus, the King, and submit to Him as Lord and Savior. Listen to God’s offer of friendship.
10 Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth. 11 Worship the Lord with reverence And rejoice with trembling. 12 Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!
- Psalm 2:10-12 (NASB)
Therefore, God loves His enemies and welcomes them to become friends. For any rebel who relies upon Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin receives forgiveness and blessing.
- Pastor Randy