Short Meditations in Psalms: 2.9 Power & Authority
Psa 2:9 You will rule them with an iron scepter; you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”
The difficulty we all have with Scripture is reading it through the filter of our own understanding and because that is limited and so often distorted, we read or ‘hear’ wrongly. I say this because I wonder about this verse. It sounds harsh and it sounds violent and when we apply it to the Son of God, I find a check within me, is that how it is or how it will be? Is this how Jesus really is and if not, how can these words apply to him.
“You will rule them with an iron scepter.” The thing I know about iron is that it is hard, it is firm, it is rigid. Whatever else this might say to us it says that Jesus reign is not wishy-washy, it is not uncertain or unsure. Because as the Son of God he has full knowledge, full understanding and full wisdom, his rule is precise, it is sure, it is fair, it is just and there are no grey areas and there are no uncertainties.
“You will dash them to pieces like pottery.” Let’s remind ourselves who he is talking about. The nations of the world and especially those who resist God. This is a picture of utter defeat so that their power is utterly removed, their structure of their evil reign is brought to an end. A shattered pot is a picture of total destruction, a complete end.
But how will this come about? In Rev 19 we see Jesus returning as a conquering king but we see, “Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations.” (Rev 19:15) and then comes a quote from this psalm: “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” His rule comes not with weapons of this world but simply with his word. He speaks and the world falls before him, condemned and guilty and shamed. The apostle Paul spoke of “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Eph 6:17) and the writer to the Hebrews said, “the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword.” (Heb 4:12)
So how does the Lord’s anointed rule, how does he vanquish these foolish kings, these foolish nations who resist the Lord? Very simply by declaring the will of God, the word of God, with such power and authority that every one who hears will know this is the truth and they cannot withstand it and so will fall before him. When he speaks they will be convicted, they will know the truth and know they are guilty and because of the authority with which it comes, they will know they are doomed, they will know they are being confronted by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and in the same way as at the beginning, the Lord said, “Let there be light” and there was, here he will speak his word and it WILL be done.