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In Psalm 2:12, who is the royal son?

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    In Psalm 2:12, who is the royal son?

    Lou Newton, former Steel Mill Crane Designer and Physics Teacher

    Psalm 2 (NIV)

    1 Why do the nations conspire
    and the peoples plot in vain?
    2 The kings of the earth rise up
    and the rulers band together
    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
    3 “Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

    4 The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
    the Lord scoffs at them.
    5 He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
    6 “I have installed my king
    on Zion, my holy mountain.”

    7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

    He said to me, “You are my son;
    today I have become your father.

    8 Ask me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
    9 You will break them with a rod of iron;

    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

    10 Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
    11 Serve the Lord with fear
    and celebrate his rule with trembling.
    12 Kiss his son, or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
    for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

    The shadow of reality that it could be talking about in this Psalm is King David.

    BUT David is NOT the real subject here. Meaning comes from the context of the Psalm.

    David was anointed by God but he failed as a King when he had his loyal servant, Uriah, murdered. Jesus was the true anointed one spoke of all throughout the Bible and Jesus never failed God.

    David was King for 40 years but Jesus is King of all kings forever.

    David was a son in many ways; but Jesus is the only begotten Son of God in all ways.

    David was given an inheritance of the land; but Jesus was given the whole universe to rule over. Jesus is also the King forever. He is King of all kings.

    Jesus is the one that will rule with a rod of iron: Rev 2: 26 To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[b]—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

    There is only one who did the will of God to the end. That is Jesus and He will rule with a rod of iron when He returns.

    Blessed are all who take refuge in him. - there is One and Only One we are to take refuge in. That is the Lord Jesus.

    Jesus is the subject of this Psalm.