Paul’s misuse of Psalm 2 to prove Jesus is the Son of God

Acts 13:33, Paul proves that Jesus is the Son of God, by quoting from the second Psalm: ''Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee."

The reference to that psalm is objectionable, since the royal psalmist spoke here of his own person. It was against himself that the Gentiles raged, and carried on their warfare, when he had commenced his government.

See 2 Samuel 5:17, "And the Philistines had heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, and all the Philistines came to seek David,' etc.

He called himself justly the Messiah, Anointed of the Lord, for that title was lawfully given to him as the ruler of his people. Having been established as the chief of Israel, by the express command of the Lord, he was justified to mark those rebelling against him as rising "against the Lord, and against His Anointed.'' The words in Psalm 2, "And I have anointed my king," occur in the actual history of David, in 1 Samuel 16:1, "I shall send thee to Jesse, of Bethlehem, for among his sons I have seen for myself a king." "Zion, my holy mountain,'' (Psalm 2:6), which was the metropolis, and was called “the city of David.” It was that king to whom it was said, "Thou art my son, I have this day begotten thee." The title Son, was given to all those who, by faithful obedience, attached themselves to the service of God. In Exodus 4:22, Israel was called "my first-born son"; and in Hosea 2:1 [1:10], "It will be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God." On the day when Samuel anointed David as king of Israel, "he was changed into another man"; and we read in 1 Samuel 16:13, "And Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren, and the Spirit of the Lord descended upon him." The adoption of man by God is called, in biblical language, "to beget." See Deuteronomy 32:18, "Thou hast forgotten the rock that begat thee." The words [Psalm 2:8], "Ask of me, and I shall give nations for an inheritance," were fulfilled to David, who humbled the Philistines (2 Samuel 8:1), and made Amon, and Moab, and Edom, tributary to himself. With reference to Jesus, he had no dominion whatever to merit the title of a Messiah (Anointed King). He said of himself that he was [Matthew 20:28] "not come to be ministered (served) unto, but to minister" (serve others). Moreover, why should Jesus have been invited to "Ask of me, and I will give nations for an inheritance," since as the incarnate Son of God, the whole earth ought to have belonged to him, and not some selected portion of it?

Note: chapter and verse numbers in brackets [] are the numbers used in the English bible.

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