Small Group Questions: Week of 3/20/22

Psalm 2

The Reign of the Lord's Anointed

2 Why do the nations rage
    and the peoples plot in vain?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
    and the rulers take counsel together,
    against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
3 “Let us burst their bonds apart
    and cast away their cords from us.”

4 He who sits in the heavens laughs;
    the Lord holds them in derision.
5 Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
    and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6 “As for me, I have set my King
    on Zion, my holy hill.”

7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
    today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
    and the ends of the earth your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron
    and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
    be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
    and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son,
    lest he be angry, and you perish in the way,
    for his wrath is quickly kindled.
Blessed are all who take refuge in him.


Questions:
  • This Psalm describes the rebellion that occurs against God, how do you see this rebellion occurring today?
  • Compare the use of pronouns in Psalm 1 with those in Psalm 2, how does the focus shift? Why does it matter?
  • In our Psalm study a few years ago, we learned that Hebrew poetry often places the “punchline” at the center. Do you think that is true here? If so, what would you say is the main point/theme?
  • The Psalms provide the language for us to approach God. How should our prayers be shaped by Psalm 2? For whom and for what should we remember to pray?
  • What hope does this Psalm provide for those who submit to Gods sovereign reign? 

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