Born Rebels

Psalm 2 has in view the final reign of the Lord’s anointed – Jesus Christ. Humanity has set themselves against the reign of the Lord’s Anointed:

The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying,
“Let us burst their bonds apart
and cast away their cords from us.”

This should be no surprise to us. The story of the bible is one of rebellion. Our original parents started the trend:

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.
Genesis 3:6

Humanity continued the pattern of rebellion so that God was grieved by his creation and so God all but blotted out the human race at the time of Noah through the flood.

Perhaps the boldest attempt by humanity to assert our independence from God was the Tower of Babel:

Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”
Genesis 11:4

The reformation study bible says of their effort:
This description suggests a monumental effort motivated by pride (cf. Is. 2:15–17). Human beings—this time in a titanic attempt at corporate self-assertion—again sacrilegiously challenge God

Today humanity is reaching for new heights in prideful self assertion.

It was with sadness that I recently read an article that typified this self assertion. It told of a man who abandoned his family to “become” a six year old girl. And this was being celebrated! It seems that we are so independent of God now that we believe we can reject all accommodations and plans he has for us – even rejecting our gender and age!

Perhaps we might be tempted into despondency as we reflect on stories like this that show how far our society has strayed from it’s Christian foundations.

The antidote to this despondency is to remember that Jesus is the Lord of his mission!

This was the message we reflected on at CMS Summer School earlier this month.

The title of the series was “Unstoppable Gospel”. The struggles of the early church are a great reminder that the progress of the gospel is not in our hands but in the hands of Jesus.

The early church had to struggle:

  • without Jesus after years in his presence
  • with their own fears
  • with their own prejudices about Jewish traditions
  • with persecution from many quarters, including the rulers of the day
  • with the deaths of their brothers and sisters at the hands of Rome

“He who sits in the heavens laughs” – because in spite of all of this opposition, his gospel is unstoppable. And we can be assured this is still the case today as our psalm concludes:

“Blessed are all who take refuge in him.”