Man’s Inexplicable Conduct
“Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed...” (Psalms 2:1-2)
The second Psalm is ascribed to David and is no doubt Messianic (Acts 4:25). The Psalmist foresees mankind conspiring to harm God’s Anointed. However, he also acknowledges the Messiah to be God’s son, and he foresees Him ruling as king on God’s holy hill, Zion.
The Psalm begins by posing a question: “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing?” He sees the Messiah on his throne, but he also sees the enemies rising up to thwart God’s cause. Hence the question; “Why”? “What is wrong with man?” “Why does he rage?” People still today resist Jesus and some would do anything to eradicate His influence. Why do they imagine vain things? What a terrible picture we have of the disposition of man!
Why do men reject such an incredible story of love? Paul says: “But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9). Certainly no man is wise enough to devise, nor even dream that God would reach down to redeem the one who rebelled against him! Psalm 2 foresees the Messiah’s sacrificial death!
Why do men resist Jesus when He offers so much hope? In Acts 13:30-33 Luke connects the good news of Jesus’ resurrection to the predictions of Psalm 2 (Acts 13:30-33). As incredible as it may seem, the Bible claims that Jesus was killed and buried, and that three days later He came back to life. Because of the resurrection of Jesus, man has the opportunity to live on and on in eternal glory when he leaves this world!
Why do men refuse Jesus when He directs them toward a wonderful well-ordered life? Jesus said: I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) The Sermon on the Mount begins with “blessed” describing the joyful state of mind of those who imitate the character described here. Anyone who has ever experienced it will readily admit a life of “godliness” is truly profitable (1 Timothy 4:8).
Why do men reject Jesus when His story is backed by so much evidence? Credible witnesses plainly testified of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. They saw him when He worked wonders and signs by the power of God. They heard Him utter profound, practical truths. They looked into Old Testament prophecy and witnessed its fulfillment before their very eyes.
Why do men turn Jesus away? Why do they rage against Him? Does your heart yearn in love and pity for those who walk in darkness? Then let us boldly share God’s message and plead with the few who will receive it!