Short Meditations in Psalms: 2.7 Relationship
Psa 2:7 I will proclaim the decree of the LORD: He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father
The difficulty sometimes in seeking to interpret the meaning of Scripture is, as in this verse, discerning just who is speaking. It is not God because it refers to Him. It is unlikely to be the psalmist, possibly David, because of the things that follow that speak with such greatness that they seem to go way beyond anything God said to any king.
Now a decree is a declaration of God of what WILL be, and so God has declared to this person, “You are my Son,” and as if to emphasize it he adds that God had said, “today I have become your Father” Now some versions add a footnote “literally, today I have begotten you.”
Now when we consider Jesus as the unique Son of God, the early church struggled with how he could be both man and God and if God how had he existed?
Eventually the Nicene Creed (AD325) stated, “We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.” Now ‘begotten’ simply means ‘comes out of’ and therefore the creeds declare that Jesus the Son came out of the Father and therefore in essence, God, Spirit, who eventually left heaven and took human form on the earth.
The remarkable thing is that it is stated so clearly here in this second Psalm. Perhaps it did not seem so remarkable to anyone who read this psalm initially because they might have meant it in the terms that the New Testament speaks of Christians not only as children of God, but also as sons (e.g. Heb 12:5,7, Eph 1:5, Gal 5:6). However when it comes to the New Testament the revelation also comes that Jesus was the unique Son of God who had existed in heaven before he came to earth and who had been there with the Father working to bring Creation into being.
This is one of those things that separates Christianity off from all other religions – Judaism and Islam included – that it declares that Jesus is and was the unique Son of God and only because of this could he stand in our place as the Lamb of God. The very best that other religions can do is declare Jesus was a prophet. To shrug off the word ‘son’ as meaning a very general relationship completely ignores the things that follow in the remaining verses. To what human being has God ever sad, I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession, and You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.” This is a unique figure being spoken of here, a unique Son of God, who is God.