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Why Do the Nations rage?

Book of Acts

A Sermon on Psalms 2:1-12; Acts 4:25-26

The Reign of the LORD's Anointed

Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”

I will tell of the decree:
The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You shall break them with a rod of iron
and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”

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. (ESV)

who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,

“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’— (ESV)

Pain, suffering and ultimately death are an unescapable part of life. But why? How do we account for the trouble common to mankind throughout history? The story of humanity shows a restless world always searching for answers but never providing relief. Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches through the text of Psalm 2 to explain the vain and empty pursuits of those who purposefully rebel against God. While they dream and plan for a world of their own happiness, their attempts are futile because of their ignorance of God. God will judge their rebellion against Him and his wrath will be fierce. But there is hope. The psalmist speaks of deliverance that is echoed throughout the entire Bible. It culminates in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is the answer the world cannot provide - that God’s gracious purpose to extend mercy through his son Jesus, the Anointed one, to a restless and rebellious world brings the joy and deliverance the world desperately wants. Dr. Lloyd-Jones urges us to listen and be wise! Respond to the Anointed one in submission and trust.