I will declare the Lord’s decree.
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
and the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with an iron scepter;
you will shatter them like pottery.”
We could look at this whole psalm and considered it in its entirety since it all refers to the “Anointed” one of God (vs. 3). But for our purposes, these last few verses will suffice in considering what this psalm is about. What stands out right away is the relationship that the Messiah will have with God. The Lord says, “You are my Son” and “I have begotten you.” This is language that we see used exclusively of Jesus in the New Testament. Jesus is the only begotten of the Father and a Son of God. We also see that the Messiah will be a divisive person, separating the world into two groups: those who perish and those who are spared.
This dividing line is not a new one to Scripture but is one that becomes progressively more clear. From the beginning, there were those who were favored by God and those who were not. Those who were in the Ark, and those who drown. Those who were spared the deluge of the Red Sea, and those who weren’t. The examples go on and on. There are those who are enemies of God, but there are some who are spared and given grace. The Messiah, being begotten of God, continues in this pattern. There will be those who refuse to “Kiss the Son”, but there will be some who find Him to be a safe haven.
Consider it this way, if you have studied the passages with us for the last two weeks, you should be consistently seeing the glory of Jesus in them. If so, your heart has been encouraged and uplifted by the verses and their promises, and I hope they have increased your desire to reread the Nativity Story on Christmas Day. However, if these passages have only served to frustrate you, irritate you, and convince you that Jesus is not the Messiah, then it is unlikely that you see any purpose in meditating on Jesus at all. These passages have been used by God to draw a dividing line among us. We either bow our knee to Him and kiss the ring, or we refuse, but those who refuse will not be spared from His wrath.
God only promises to protect those who are “in the Ark”, those who are “in Christ.” Unless we “serve the Lord” and find refuge in Him, the wrath will come and we will perish.