Short Meditations in Psalms:2.8 God’s Ability
Psa 2:8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.
There is something very interesting in this verse that is so easy to miss. Note the opening words: “Ask of me.” How intriguing is that! The implication is, if you don’t ask you don’t get. To ask you have got to see the value of what you are asking for. If this was an ordinary father and son we would say that this is the father explaining to the son what he can do for him. This is what I can do for you; all you have to do is want it and ask for it. It is a father’s way of introducing his son to the recognition of responsibility, of moving into the father’s business.
This is a verse full of significance. Observe the next phrase: “I will make.” This is the father, God. He is the one with all authority. It is not, “You will make” for even within the Godhead there is this constant recognition of one God and even though out of Him has come the Son, nevertheless He is the one with all power and authority. Jesus is worthy of our worship but in heaven the praise goes first to the Father. In Rev 4:8 we see praise for who God is and in 4:11 praise for what He has done. It is only subsequently in Rev 5 that we see praise given to the lamb of God, the Son. It appears a small point but the reality is that Jesus is only God because the Father first of all is God and Jesus has come out of Him. The Son always submits to the Father and it is never the other way round.
But then we come to “your inheritance”. An inheritance is something passed on through heredity. It belongs to the Father for He created all things, but He will pass it on to the Son and as Scripture unrolls so we see it comes to Jesus because of what he does on the Cross: “because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.” (Rev 5:9) The nations are nations of believers!
Yes, because he is the powerful Son of God, the prophetic words about him are true: “The LORD will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies.” (Psa 110:2) Yes, the Lamb of God is ruling in the midst of his enemies but his kingdom comprises believers, those redeemed through the Cross, and this kingdom extends to the “ends of the earth”, but it is still through believers.
He is active in all areas of this world but still unbelievers are part of the dominion of darkness and not the kingdom of light (Col 1:13) and still they are “under the control of the evil one.” (1 Jn 5:19). But Jesus is Lord over all, including that dominion although he does not impose his will on it. He expresses his will through his kingdom as his Holy Spirit energises and motivates us, his believers. Hallelujah!