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Psalm 2
 Psalm  2 
      King James Version    .   .   .  quoted  in  New  Testament
A Psalm of David.           
1 > Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?  Who by the mouth of my servant David hast said,
"Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? Acts 4: 25
2 >  The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saving  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers
were gathered against the Lord, and against His Christ. Acts 4: 26
3 >  Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their
cords from us
4 >  He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall
have them in derision.
5 >  Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.  
6 >  Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.    
7 >  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me,
      Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.    
For unto which of the angels said he at any time,  Thou art
my Son, this day have I begotten thee?  
And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?  Hebrews 1: 5
8 >  Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
 and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.  
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give 
power over the nations.  Rev. 2: 26
9 >   Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash
      them in pieces like a potter's vessel.  
And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers:
even as I received of my Father.  Rev. 2: 27
10 >   Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.    
11 >   Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.    
12 >   Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way,
when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Written about 1047 BC  
Text  Quoted  in  Spirit of Prophecy

Ahithophel had been held in high esteem for his wisdom, but he was destitute of the enlightenment which comes from God. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (Proverbs 9:10); and this, Ahithophel did not possess, or he could hardly have based the success of treason upon the crime of incest. Men of corrupt hearts plot wickedness, as if there were no overruling Providence to cross their designs; but "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." Psalm 2:4. The Lord declares: "They would none of My counsel: they despised all My reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them." Proverbs 1:30-32.  {PP 739.1}
So weak men counseled and planned. Little did these murderers realize the uselessness of their efforts. But by their action God was glorified. The very efforts made to prevent Christ's resurrection are the most convincing arguments in its proof. The greater the number of soldiers placed around the tomb, the stronger would be the testimony that He had risen. Hundreds of years before the death of Christ, the Holy Spirit had declared through the psalmist, "Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against His anointed. . . . He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." Ps. 2:1-4. Roman guards and Roman arms were powerless to confine the Lord of life within the tomb. The hour of His release was near.  {DA 778.2}
"The head of every man is Christ." God, who put all things under the Saviour's feet, "gave Him to be the head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all." 1 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 1:22, 23. The church is built upon Christ as its foundation; it is to obey Christ as its head. It is not to depend upon man, or be controlled by man. Many claim that a position of trust in the church gives them authority to dictate what other men shall believe and what they shall do. This claim God does not sanction. The Saviour declares, "All ye are brethren." All are exposed to temptation, and are liable to error. Upon no finite being can we depend for guidance. The Rock of faith is the living presence of Christ in the church. Upon this the weakest may depend, and those who think themselves the strongest will prove to be the weakest, unless they make Christ their efficiency. "Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm." The Lord "is the Rock, His work is perfect." Jeremiah 17:5;  Deut. 32: 4;  "Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him."  Psalm 2:12.  {DA 414.3}
 [ Prov. 1:24-31; Ps. 2: 4-12, quoted. 
     How impotent on this occasion was the power of the kings and rulers. They could not act their will on Him who was slain for the sins of the world. Had it been possible, the prince of darkness with his apostate army would have kept forever sealed the tomb that held the Son of God. But a heavenly host guarded the sepulcher. With majestic and terrible tread, the God of heaven, followed by the angels, walked round the tomb of Christ. They had been unseen witnesses of all that had taken place in the mock trial in the judgment hall. Every action was noted, every taunt recorded.  {12MR 421.2}
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