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The two kingdoms.
This struggle between the kingsof the earth and God’s Anointed announces the Bookof Revelation. God has come among us. His presenceis a challenge to those who would like to be lords ofthe earth. There will be no lasting peace here below
Why do the nations conspire?Why do the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth brace themselvesand the rulers together take their standagainst the Lord and his anointed.
They say, “Let us break their bonds!Let us cast away their chains!”
The One enthroned in heaven laughs;the Lord looks at them in derision.
Then in anger he speaks to them,terrifying them in the fury of his wrath:
“Behold the king I have installed,in Zion, upon my holy hill!”
I will proclaim the decree of the Lord.He said to me: “You are my son.This day I have begotten you.
Ask of me and I will give youthe nations for your inheritance,the ends of the earth for your possession.
You shall rule them with iron scepterand shatter them as a potter’s vase.”
Now therefore, learn wisdom, O kings;be warned, O rulers of the earth.
Serve the Lord with fearand fall at his feet;lest he be angry and you perishwhen his anger suddenly ﬂares.Blessed are all who take refuge in him!
Verses 6–9 are like an oracle ofGod warning all nations that he him-self has crowned his Son in Zion, theholy hill of Jerusalem. He asks everyking to submit. This king is, of course,the Messiah, “God’s Anointed” (wecall him the Christ). His cause is thatof the innumerable poor who await his justice throughout the entire world.
The kings of the earth, the rulers
are not the only ones who persecute,but all those who wield power overpeople’s minds, who create publicopinion among the masses, and themafias, the powers of darkness. Godconfronts them and with him the vic-torious Anointed One who is called theSon.
PSALM 2PSALM 3How many are my enemies!
King David, like allChristians, has an ally more powerful than all his en-emies together: God.
O Lord, how great in number are my foes!How numerous are they who rise against me!
How many are they who say of my soul:“There is no help for him in God!”
But you are my shield, O Lord,my glory, you lift up my head.
Aloud I cry to the Lord,and from his holy hill he answers me.
If I lie down to sleep,