Continuing our exploration of Messianic prophesies in preparation for Christmas (there are 226!), we come to the Book of Psalms, Chapter 2:
1 Why do the nations conspire
and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth take their stand
and the rulers gather together
against the LORD
and against his Anointed One. [b]
3 “Let us break their chains,” they say,
“and throw off their fetters.”
4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord scoffs at them.
5 Then he rebukes them in his anger
and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
6 “I have installed my King
on Zion, my holy hill.”
7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:
He said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance,
the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You will rule them with an iron scepter;
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 rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and you be destroyed in your way,
for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.
When Gabriel appears to Mary, he echos Psalm 2, telling her:
He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. Luke 1:32
When the Jews looked for the Messiah, this is who they expected. A powerful king and ruler who would crush their enemies. The lowly child in a manger does not fit that image. A humilitated and bleeding man on a Roman cross most certainly does not fit that image. How could these things be consistent with the “Anointed One” described in Psalm 2?