Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Psalms: warning

Psalm 2 ends with these words: 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, lest he be angry and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in him. (Psalm 2:10-12)

This Psalm talks about kings, and we know that King David of Israel is the usual individual we think of when we read the Psalms for he wrote most of them. There is a term in theology called typology which means that in the progressive revelation of redemptive history, which makes up our Bible, there have been men, places, institution that God has raised up along the course of human history that exemplify goodness, strength, protection, power and other worthy traits. Typology states that those people, places and or things serve as examples of Jesus Christ. The humans; such as David in his role as the King of Israel, was a great protector, this points to the greater role of Jesus Christ as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Also, the human, such as David, were sinners, whereas, the Christ had no sin. The type in there limited role point to the ultimate fulfillment of all that is good not only for Israel but for all who trust in him.

So we can see in this second Psalm, looking at verse six we read As for me, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill. In its immediate context it speaks about King David, for God did set David on his holy hill, the city of Jerusalem. David was mighty in battle, defeating many kings. God is giving the kings a warning that they should kiss the Son, and not provoke his angry, or stand in opposition to long, because once his anger is kindled you will surely perish. Of course, we see that this is ultimately talking about Jesus Christ, he is the King that God will set on his Holy Hill. Here, God does what he does a lot of throughout the holy Scriptures, and that is he warns, he warns over and over again, he does not leave people in ignorance, he spells everything out in black and white. Kiss his Son, while you still can, because there is coming a day when you will not be able to. Stop your rebellion now while it is still the day of salvation, for I am warning you, if you persist up to a point, you will perish. This is God's warning, he has been warning from the very beginning, and because he is a compassionate God, he warns still, every day he warns.

This type of warning is not usually preached in many churches now. Although God is gracious in his Word to give warnings over and over throughout Scripture. You can listen to some preachers and you never hear a word of warning, you would think if they were preaching God's Word, they would come across a warning in their study, in their preparation to preach, that they would come across a warning and they would preach it to God's people. They don't preach it because it does not sell. It does not fill the pews, preaching; getting wealthy, giving a concert, or a strip show  that's what brings the crowd back Sunday after Sunday. Its like Christ says: the blind leading the blind and they will both fall into the ditch. Those who have truly trusted in Christ will heed his warnings, and a life of repentance will be its outcome. Those who follow after the glimmer and falsehood of fleshly religion that glorifies the flesh and not repentance and obedience to Christ or going the wrong way, and our prayer is that maybe God would bring them to their sense.

Heed God's warning. The way of Christ is not the same way as the way of the world, you cant mix them as many churches are doing, it doesn't work, you cant serve two masters, you will love one and hate the other. You cant partake of the Lord's table and the table of demons. It does not work. Christ will spit you out of his mouth.

Although God in his graciousness gives us countless warnings throughout his Word, and we thank him for them, but let your focus rest on his good promises. In running away because of his warnings you miss his promises. The warnings are there to press into our hearts that we are too be holy, not to drive us away, they are there to cause us to drop to our knees, not stand in arrogance and pride trying to mix the holy with the ungodly. When we are on our knees, God always raises us up with his sweet word just as he ends this Psalm of warning with a promise of love: "Blessed are all who take refuge in him." (Psalm 2:12)


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