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 details logo The Good Seed - Saturday, May 15, 2021
by GBV Dillenburg GmbH

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against his Anointed.
Psalm 2:1.2

The Bible is an integral whole. It consists of the Old and the New Testaments that were written many centuries apart. Yet the two parts are closely knit. What is particularly impressive is that the psalms, the spiritual poetic works and hymns of the Old Testament are quoted more than a hundred times in the New Testament.

This applies also to today’s verses from Psalm 2. They were cited by the early Christians in a prayer, after the apostles had been expressly commanded by the leaders of the Jews to cease speaking publicly about the Lord Jesus (cf. Acts 4:23–30).

In this desperate situation the disciples remembered that God had prophesied the rebellion of the kings and rulers against “His Anointed”, Jesus Christ, already in the Old Testament.

Herod the Great was the first king to stand up against Christ, when he ordered the dreadful massacre of the children of Bethlehem. Later his grandson, Herod Agrippa I, treated and mocked Jesus contemptuously (Luke 23:11). Concerning the “rulers” the apostles were thinking of the Roman governor Pilate in their prayer. He had had Jesus, though innocent, cruelly scourged and finally crucified by his legionnaires.

One thing is certain for believers: Jesus Christ is their Lord and Saviour, who underwent unspeakable suffering for them. They wish to confess Him courageously, even if they bring opposition upon themselves from higher powers. Peter wrote later: “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow his steps” (1 Peter 2:21).

Today‘s reading: 1 Samuel 10: 1 – 12 · Psalms 92: 1 – 16


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