Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against his Anointed One. “Let us break off their chains ,” they say, “and throw off their fetters.”
The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them.
Then He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in His wrath, saying,
“I have installed my King on Zion, my holy hill.”
I will proclaim the decree of the Lord: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling.
Kiss the Son, lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.
The above is Psalm 2 in it’s entirety. Wouldn’t it be wise, and refreshing, for the rulers of the nations to take this advice. But notice how right away in verse 1, it’s not just the rulers who are held accountable. ‘The people’ are also responsible. It is the people who have turned their backs on the Lord. When the citizens of a nation reject God, the rulers are free to do as they please. There is no longer a righteous standard that they are held accountable to, by the people. There is still a standard that we are all held accountable to, God’s standard.
When rulers turn on God and conspire against Him, what does God do? “He laughs and scoffs at them.” Men blinded by power and pride always seem to think they can out think or out muscle God. That is Satan’s lie that they have sold out to. Satan continues to whisper in their ears and they keep eating it up. A little flattery, a little wealth and their minds and souls have been given over to Satan. They are now his puppets, pawns in his battle against Jesus Christ.
How does God respond to all of this? He rebukes them, rulers and citizens, and places His King on high. God responds by sending His Son to earth, to be born of a virgin, to become King over everything. He sends Jesus to become man, to live a perfect life, and be crucified for all sinners. Jesus took the punishment for all sin upon Himself when He hung on the cross.
Then, He rose from the dead three days later. By doing so, He conquered sin, death, and satan. Then He was glorified as He returned to His throne at God’s right hand, in Heaven. God has given Jesus possession of all nations. He rules with an iron scepter and He does destroy the unfaithful nations. It may not always be obvious to us when He is destroying a nation. We see pagan nations all around the world that go on from generation to generation.
There are two reasons for that. First, those nations don’t live in peace. They are rarely prosperous. They may continue on from generation to generation, but those people live in a constant state of turmoil. Second, often God will use those pagan nations to punish nations that once were faithful, but now have turned their backs on Him. The ancient Israelites were enslaved by nations such as Persia and Babylon. God used those Godless nations to punish His people for their unfaithfulness.
The final warning is that God’s patience will end. If we, as a nation, do not submit to the sovereignty of Jesus Christ His anger will burn and our nation, as we know it, will be destroyed. Rulers who serve money and earthly power will be dealt with by God. This is not just a warning for leaders of nations. This message speaks to all leaders. Be it dad/mom, teachers, political leaders, church leaders, business leaders. This is a message for all leaders, everywhere. “Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”