Summer of Psalms: Ministry of Thrones

BIG IDEA: We see in the history of Israel and the history of God’s Anointed the truths found even today in Game of Thrones.

SERIES: Summer of PsalmsIn many ways, the Psalms are at the Pheart of Scripture, but we often disregard them. Let’s reclaim the wonder of the Psalms! Let’s reclaim this God breathed collection of 150 poems of the people of God sung aloud for thousands of years by the Hebrew people, inspiring and teaching generation after generation of Jewish children to communicate with Yahweh the one true God. Written prophets, poets, reflecting upon life with God between the Time of King David and the exile to Babylon, collected and organized for us by Spirit led scribes so that all people might have access to them, memorized and used for God’s people, including Jesus and his followers as “THE” vital connecting point for the hurting, praising, suffering, confused, joyful considerers. We must reclaim the Psalms if we want to learn to pray, to live, to connect with God.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 2
1 Why do the nations rage
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

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

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

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
12 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.


KEY CONSIDERATIONS

  • Five Stages
    • The First Days of Humanity
      • (v. 1-3)
        • Nations, Peoples, and Kings are all plotting together against the people of Israel. The Nations come together against the Lord and his Annointed with the goal of removing them entirely. It’s not often that nations come together to plot against one specific kingdom, but they want a world without God and his people.
        • This is still happening today: Western Civilization wants to just be rid of God and religion because they see it as the root of all of the world’s problems. We see it in New Atheism and Secularism, etc.
        • We can all agree that the desire to be rid of religion is as ancient as Earth itself. It’s not a product of modernity or Western Civilization. It’s not a new idea: Nazis, Marxism, Epicureans, etc.
        • Epicureans: This was a group in Ancient Greece (200 years before Jesus) who believed that the material world is all that there is and that we need to remove all belief in the divine and in superstition. Only then could we live the life we’re meant to live, a life of simple pleasure. They founded a school of sorts called “The Garden” where friendship, vegetarianism, etc. were emphasized. Seattle is a city full od Epicureans.
        • Garden of Eden: Satan in the form of a snake presents this exact same idea to Eve. He asks, “do you really need God and his rules? They’re just making your life worse by keeping good things from you.”
      • (v. 4-6)
        • God’s Response: God laughs at our rebellion. It’s not a sinister laugh. Instead, he laughs because it’s such a preposterous idea that the peoples and the kings of the world could possibly overthrow God. But God also loves and worries about our rebellion because he sees the futility of it, and he wants us to come to him.
      • The Kings’ Days
        • How was a king of Israel determined? The very first King of Israel was King Saul. The following three things happened to bring about his reign (King David’s anointing came about in the same way):
          • A prophet brings the news of God’s desire for a king (Samuel, in this case).
          • A physical anointing.
          • Saul begins to prophecy.
        • Cycle of Rebellion: During the days of the Kings of Israel, God would anoint a King, the people would rebel, and the King would fall short. No king could live up to God’s call, not even King David.
      • Jesus’ Days
        • The True King: Jesus was God’s anointed Son, the King. Jesus is the king that fulfills all of God’s requirements for a king.
        • Jesus’ Anointing:
          • John the Baptist, a Prophet brings the good news.
          • John baptizes him, an anointing.
          • A voice from heaven quotes Psalm 2.
          • Jesus begins his public ministry.
        • The people conspire against him: Just as in the days before Jesus, the peoples come together to plot against Jesus, eventually killing him with the belief that they are able to successfully eradicate the king. But in actuality, they are actually fulfilling God’s plan.
        • Passing the Anointing (v.7-9): Instead of taking the throne, Jesus waits, anoints his Apostles, and sends the spirit of God upon them, and they begin to prophecy. These disciples went into the nations and preached the good news of Jesus Christ, asking them to receive and repent, be baptized and receive the Holy Spirit.
      • Our Days (the days of the Church)
        • The Cycle Continues: We go out and prophecy and proclaim the good news, and we the Church become the hands and feet of King Jesus who reigns from heaven.
        • Expect Opposition: You should expect the nations to rage against you, the peoples to plot against you because this has happened to God’s anointed for the last 2000 years. And when this happens, weep, lament, be frustrated and cry, but you should also laugh because they are confirming to us our anointing.
        • The Poor and the Powerless become the kings and the queens of God’s kingdom. Jesus was a lowly man of Galilee, and he took a bunch of fishermen and started the greatest movement the world has ever seen.
      • A Future Day
        • Judgment (v. 10-12): If this sounds harsh, then it’s because you’re on the top, you’ve never experienced systematic injustice. But those who have, those who know true injustice, they rejoice in the coming time of justice. With this time, Jesus will come again and inherit his world, forcing out those who stand in opposition of him.
        • Jesus isn’t entitled: He doesn’t take his throne out of entitlement. It didn’t come to him for free. He paid the greatest price: he died on the cross in order to take hold of his throne, and now he waits patiently because he cares about his people.
        • A Different Kind of King: Jesus longs to gather us under his wings, not rule with an iron hand. He paid it all so that we might have life, taking on God’s wrath so that we might be protected.

Our Response

  • Kiss the Hand of the King: Come under his authority and kiss the pierced hand of King Jesus. Experience true freedom in the Kingdom of God.

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