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The resurrection and politics

November 28, 2008

What does the resurrection of Jesus have to do with politics? I believe that Psalm 2 provides us with the answer.

vv. 1-3: A picture of political leaders

Why are the nations so angry?
Why do they waste their time with futile plans?
The kings of the earth prepare for battle;
the rulers plot together
against the Lord
and against his anointed one.
“Let us break their chains,” they cry,
“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”

The Psalm begins with the leaders of nations plotting to turn from the rule of God and rule in accordance with their own laws.

vv. 4-6: God’s response

But the one who rules in heaven laughs.
The Lord scoffs at them.
Then in anger he rebukes them,
terrifying them with his fierce fury.
For the Lord declares, “I have placed my chosen king on the throne
in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain.”

God’s response is simply to laugh at them declaring that he has established the kingdom of his chosen king and proceeds to explain what this means.

vv. 7-9: The resurrection of Jesus

The king proclaims the Lord’s decree:
“The Lord said to me, ‘You are my son.
Today I have become your Father.
Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,
the whole earth as your possession.
You will break them with an iron rod
and smash them like clay pots.’”

This king is Jesus who has, by his resurrection (Acts 13:33 & Romans 1:3-5), been enthroned over the whole world, i.e. God has given all the nations to Jesus to rule over them.

vv. 10-12: An exhortation to political leaders

Now then, you kings, act wisely!
Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
and rejoice with trembling.
Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
for his anger flares up in an instant.
But what joy for all who take refuge in him!

This forms the conclusion of the content of the Gospel that the Church is to declare to the powers that be. They are to be exhorted to rule in accordance with the law of God, this will be a rule that is described in Psalm 72:

Help him judge your people in the right way;
let the poor always be treated fairly.
Help him to defend the poor,
to rescue the children of the needy,
and to crush their oppressors.
He will rescue the poor when they cry to him;
he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them.
He feels pity for the weak and the needy,
and he will rescue them.
He will redeem them from oppression and violence,
for their lives are precious to him.

So far from the Church having no place in the political life of our nation the resurrection of Jesus demands it!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 29, 2009 3:05 pm

    Excellent. These two Psalms (2 and 72) affirmed my belief in Postmillennialism (as well as Psalm 22:27-28)

  2. January 29, 2009 6:12 pm

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