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Psalms 2:3

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3 Let us break [nathaq] their bands [mowcer] asunder, [nathaq] and cast away [shalak] their cords [`aboth] from us.    KJV-Interlinear



3 "Let us tear their fetters apart, And cast away their cords from us!"    NASB



When we began the study of this psalm, the question was asked, ‘Why do the heathen rage?’


Then we discovered that they take up counsel among themselves, rather than with God. 


Note that people have not been around as long as God.  People don't have the documentation of history as well as God.  People do not have the facts of life with any degree of accuracy as God has.  And yet people will look to themselves for information through imagination (theory, philosophy, religion), rather than hard facts through God.


And all of these people are referred to as heathen, which is a descriptive term that applies to people who lack truth, lack doctrine, lack an education, lack culture, lack an orientation to life, lack a relationship with God, and so forth.  If you are not obedient to Gods will with respect to your spiritual life, then you are a heathen (lacking truth in your soul).


There are two forms of knowledge – worldly and spiritual.  Worldly is tied to ones personal experiences and knowledge from discovery.  Spiritual truth incorporates all of those things, plus facts and a perfect alignment to reality.


Worldly knowledge looks at life through a dense fog, where all things cannot be seen nor connected.  Spiritual truth looks at life with perfect clarity, where all things can be seen and understood.


Worldly knowledge is the sum total counsel of humanity, with some components of truth diluted with massive components of human viewpoint.  It exists throughout government, throughout education, throughout social interaction.


There is one more component of worldly knowledge, and that is the strong urge to free oneself from God and truth.


In our current verse, bands and cords are used to describe mans ties to God and reality, and their desire to sever those ties.


Bands, ‘mowcer,’ typically identify the bindings which tie the yoke to oxen.  The yoke is the wooden beam that is used to tie a pair of oxen together for the purpose of doing their work, but within the constraint of the yoke.  The yoke is controlled by the man driving the oxen.


Cords, ‘aboth,’ refers to the ropes that bind the oxen to the plow or the work they are intended to perform.


Thus these terms describe the rules of doctrine, truth, which are here to guide mans thoughts and direction.


And the spiritual life or production which are here to make man complete and therefore useful for Gods intended purpose.


Those who lack truth wish to depart from it (reject God), wish to go in their own direction (reject doctrine), do what they want to do (reject Gods plan) making their own destiny.


The problem with all of mans plans, is sin and death.  Sin distorts all that man plans or does, and death represents mans complete inability to control his own destiny, not to mention everything else he might want to control in this world.


Man cannot control what will happen tomorrow, cannot control the weather, let alone control the temperature of the planet.


Most of that which occurs in life is courtesy of Gods grace, all of it in fact, and even those things we consider as repetitive or consistent in life, like the sun rising each day, or the continuation of our employment each day, day after day, are courtesy of Gods grace, and not a result of our own effort or ingenuity.  Jesus Christ controls history, not man.


But naïve man (that might be you) wishes to depart from Gods control, wishes to depart from Gods intended purpose for ones life.  Man would rather run away into oblivion with not an ounce of brains or clue as to where he is headed, rather than follow Gods course of guaranteed success and completeness to his life.


And finally, mans rejection of God and Gods Savior, further indicates that man is rejecting God and truth and life altogether.  The invention of religion as a convenient substitute, does not make that philosophy right, nor does it make it an acceptable substitute to Gods plan.


Truth stands as it is and cannot be altered.  Lies are what they are, and will never become truth.



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