Psalms 2: Jesus As Our King
Psalms 2 is our very first Messianic Psalm. How does it point to Jesus? Well, I think that it is pretty obvious.
Psa 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
For me, this sounds like clear evidence that Jesus will come to be King of the entire world rather than just the Jewish people. The heathen are going to be His inheritance. He will own the uttermost parts of the world indicates again indicates that Jesus came for more than just the nation of Israel.
He certainly started there, and His earthly ministry was meant to be for them, but His ultimate mission was to do the will of God and provide salvation for everyone that believes.
It is important to remember here in verse seven that this is Jesus talking about what God told Him. He is the one who will do the announcing. Then, God spoke to Him, and He was the Son. Verse eight implies that all that Jesus needed to do was ask for the people of the world as His inheritance and it would be so.
That strikes me as incredibly powerful. Jesus had to ask for His inheritance, and it seems to me that He could have decided at some point that it wasn’t worth it. Knowing all the trouble that He would have to endure when He came to Earth on his mission, you have to wonder if He ever thought that maybe the inheritance wasn’t worth it.
That being said, I don’t think that Jesus ever thought that. He loves humanity, and He wants to have a relationship with each and every one of us. He made a sacrifice for us. That is why I don’t think the doubted taking His inheritance. It is in His nature to love people.
We have two very important teachings in these two verses. First, we understood that Jesus would inherit the world. That reconciles very nicely with the Great Commission and what we know and the New Testament. The second thought that I proposed was that Jesus had to ask God for His inheritance. In other ways, He did it because He wanted us rather than us being forced upon Him. Knowing what He ultimately had to do for the sake of humanity, this is a powerful image.