The Nations Rages
Category : General
Psalm 2: 1 (KJV)
11 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing.
The opening words of Psalm 2 pose a question that has baffled mankind through the centuries. The Psalmist asks, “Why do the nations rage?” That is, why is it so difficult to bring about international peace? Why, after thousands of peace conferences held through the centuries, are we no closer to world peace?
Three remarkable questions were asked once by a UN speaker: What element is lacking so that with all our skill and all our knowledge we still find ourselves in the dark valley of discord and enmity? What is it that inhibits us from going forward together to enjoy the fruits of human endeavor and to reap the harvest of human experience? Why is it that, for all our professed ideals, our hopes and our skills, peace on earth is still a distant objective, seen only dimly through the storms and turmoils of our present difficulties? Here is an honest cry of frustration and bafflement from the heart of a statesman wrestling with the problem, “Why do the nations rage?”
The why is an expression of astonishment and horror at the equally foolish and impious attempt of the revolters. This is dramatically opposite to the erroneous impression held by many to the effect that, “The reign of Christ on earth will be a time of universal felicity, prosperity, and righteousness.” It will be no such thing.
The picture or rebellion and hatred against God’s Christ depicted in this prophecy is exactly the same as that which emerges throughout the New Testament. “He shall reign until he has put all enemies under his feet” (1 Corinthians 15;25; Hebrews 10:13), indicating that the reign of Christ will take place during the ages when his enemies actively oppose him, and that His reign shall end when that opposition ceases.
As is pointed out, a twofold consolation may be drawn from this passage:— First, as often as the world rages, in order to disturb and put an end to the prosperity of Christ’s kingdom, we have only to remember that, in all this there is just a fulfillment of what was long ago predicted, and no changes that can happen will greatly disquiet us. Yea, rather it will be highly profitable to us to compare those things which the apostles experienced with what we witness at the present time. Of itself the kingdom of Christ would be peaceable, and from it true peace issues forth to the world; but through the wickedness and malice of men, never does it rise from obscurity into open view without disturbances being excited. Nor is it at all wonderful, or unusual, if the world begin to rage as soon as a throne is erected for Christ. The other consolation which follows is, that when the ungodly have mustered their forces, and when, depending on their vast numbers, their riches, and their means of defense, they not only pour forth their proud blasphemies, but furiously assault heaven itself, we may safely laugh them to scorn, relying on this one consideration, that he whom they are assailing is the God who is in heaven. When we see Christ well nigh overwhelmed with the number and strength of his enemies, let us remember that they are making war against God over whom they shall not prevail, and therefore their attempts, whatever they may be, and however increasing, will come to naught, and be utterly ineffectual.
These messages were wholly predictive when they were uttered. These nations are not only historic but are symbols of forces at work in every age and every generation. What makes this passage so real and valuable to us is that through the experience of these nations we begin to understand our own personal struggles. We as believers in Jesus Christ should not worry or fret over the rise of evil, because Christ is still on the throne!
Have a great and God filled day!