In Psalm 2 we are told about some wicked leaders who thought they could successfully oppose God and His Anointed. The psalmist indicated that the Lord will “laugh” at them, which is meant to convey the absurdity of man’s attempt to defy God. Those who persist in this invite not only His ridicule but also His judgment.
Have you ever wondered what became of the godless men and women who have persecuted Christians down through the centuries and have sent countless believers to their deaths? W. S. Pulmer said that of 30 such Roman officials, “one became deranged after some atrocious cruelty, one was slain by his own son, one became blind, one was drowned, one was strangled, one died in a miserable captivity, two committed suicide, five were assassinated by their people or servants, five others died the most miserable and excruciating deaths, … and eight were killed in battle or after being taken prisoner. Among these was Julian the apostate. In the days of his prosperity, he is said to have pointed his dagger to heaven, defying the Son of God, whom he commonly called ‘the Galilean.’ But when he was wounded in battle and saw that all was over for him, he exclaimed, “Thou hast conquered, O Thou Galilean.’”
God’s laughter at sinners is no laughing matter! So, “Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Psalm 2:12). – Richard W. De Haan
God rules as Sovereign on His throne,
He judges great and small;
And all who would defy His will,
Beneath His rod shall fall. – D. J. De Haan
What we do with Christ now determines what God will do with us later.
- July 11, 1987, Our Daily Bread