17
Apr
15

No One Can Defeat God

In Acts 4:25-26, the Apostles Peter and John quoted Psalm 2 in response to the persecution they suffered at the hands of the Jewish elders and chief priests:

You spoke by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of your servant, our father David:
“‘Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?

26 The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.

Peter and John had performed a miraculous healing of a crippled beggar in Acts 3.  They were preaching in the Temple about Jesus being the Christ, the Messiah.  They were arrested in Acts 4 and thrown in jail for the night.  Then they were brought before the rulers, elders and teachers of the Law (Acts 4:5, NIV).  They were asked by what power or name they were able to do what they did.  Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, began to proclaim the Truth about Jesus.  Those who had arrested Peter and John were unable to figure out how to punish them so they let them go.  The Apostles went back to their people and that’s when they quote Psalm 2.
In Psalm 2, attributed to David by Peter and John, David writes of how the nations conspire and the peoples plot against the Lord and His anointed One.  The “anointed One” is referring to the Messiah.  Way back in David’s day, he prophesied about the Messiah and the fulfillment of that prophecy was found in Jesus.  God’s response is one of laughter and scoffing, rebuke and wrath.  No one conspires against God!  No one can defeat God!  There is coming a day when those who plot and conspire against the Almighty will be judged and punished.  There is only one God!  He exists in three persons: Father, Spirit and Son.  We will all bow down before Him.  Some will bow willingly in honor and worship and others will be brought to their knees in fear and awe of the One they rejected in this life.  But make no mistake, my friends.  Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11, NIV).

Psalm 2

New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains
and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
He rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
on Zion, my holy mountain.”

              7
         I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
Ask me,
and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
You will break them with a rod of iron;
you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
be warned, you rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear
and celebrate his rule with trembling.
12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
and your way will lead to your destruction,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

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