Psalm 2:6 Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion.
This is God speaking through the psalmist. He has set the Lord Jesus Christ, His King, upon His holy hill Zion. This is also spoken of in the prophecy of Zechariah. He shall bring forth the Headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. Zechariah 4:7. John refers to this grace when he says, We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth…And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace…Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 16, 17). He is the King set by God. And the Lord shall be King over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and His name One. Zechariah 14:9.
God’s holy hill of Zion is the place He has chosen for His King to dwell and where we are to worship. The place of His choosing became very important after He brought His people out of Egypt. There shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause His name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the Lord: and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God. Deuteronomy 12:11-12. Jesus speaks of this place He chooses for us in John’s Gospel. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2, 3. Jesus receives us unto Himself that we might be where He is. In fact, Jesus says that we will become a city set on His holy hill. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Matthew 5:14.
Peter continues to speak of this holy hill of Zion as God’s choosing. The many-membered Christ is built there, Jesus Christ being the chief Corner Stone. Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner Stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded…Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. I Peter 2:5-6, 9.
Paul, in his Epistle to the Hebrews, continues to speak of this holy hill of Zion and what it means to us. For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the Word should not be spoken to them any more…But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven: whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this Word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a Kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear; for our God is a consuming fire. Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-29.
Concerning King Jesus being set on God’s holy hill of Zion, we look to one more verse of Scripture. And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him a hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads. Our Scripture text from the second Psalm says, Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion. Revelation 14:1 is a mystical picture that confirms that fact. Jesus and the many-membered Christ is set upon God’s holy hill of Zion.
Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto Me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee.
I will declare the decree: The decree is that God has set His King, the Lord Jesus Christ, upon His holy hill of Zion. Christ declared the decree through His apostles and prophets, and He has continued to resound it through the many-membered Christ even to our day and beyond.
Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee: “This day” speaks more to where Christ was begotten than to when. “This day” refers not to a 24-hour period in history. God’s day is eternal; it neither has a beginning nor an ending. This is repeated in Hebrews. Thou art My Son, today I have begotten Thee. As He saith also in another place, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 5:5, 6). Then in Hebrews 7:3 the order of Melchisedec is given: Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. In Psalm 2:7 God’s world of eternity which has no beginning or ending is called “this day” and in Hebrews 5:5 it is called “today.” God’s eternity has no past as though something has ceased to be and no future as though something has not yet come to pass. Also, things in our future that will come to pass already have their existence in eternity. Thus, Peter says, His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness (II Peter 1:3).
When God says, “Thou art My Son; this day I have begotten Thee,” He is talking about the Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. Three times the Apostle John calls Him “the only begotten Son” in his Gospel (John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18).
Psalm 2:8 Ask of Me, and I shall give Thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.
The Hebrew word for “heathen” is the same word translated “nation” when God told Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation” (Genesis 12:2). This nation, or heathen, is the new man of Ephesians 4:24: Put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Peter speaks of them, too. Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light: which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. I Peter 2:9-10. The Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is often thought of as a Gentile Church, but it is neither Jew nor Greek but a new creation. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. Galatians 6:15.
Jesus Christ is called “the first begotten of the dead” in Revelation 1:5. Then Hebrews 2:10 says He is “bringing many sons unto glory.” Because of His crucifixion, resurrection, and abundant mercy we become members of the Begotten, a new creation of God. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I Peter 1:3. We become the heathen for His inheritance.
And the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession: This portion of Scripture has two fulfillments. First, it is fulfilled in His Church. Our earthen nature is many faceted. There are many areas of your being that you know absolutely nothing about. Yet the uttermost parts of your earth will become the Lord’s possession. Secondly, the uttermost parts of the earth and all that it contains will come under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
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