Meditations on the Psalms
Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath is quickly kindled. (Psalm 2:12 ESV)
Who is the Son? He is the blessed, righteous man from Psalm 1. “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:1-2 ESV). He is the Anointed (Psalm 2:2). He is the King of Zion God has set on His holy hill (Psalm 2:3). He is the One begotten by God (Psalm 2:7) who is given the earth and the nations of the earth (Psalm 2:8). He is the One who will crush the rebellion of those who have mutinied against God (Psalm 2:9). He is the One they are to serve with fear and trembling (Psalm 2:10). He is the King of kings, Emanuel, Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, the Son of God, Messiah.
Kiss means to touch gently or to put together. One would kiss those of greater rank to show respect and allegiance to the person and to that which they represented. Thus, these kings and rulers, and the people they represent, are to abandon themselves to Him by giving Him their complete loyalty in all the thinking of their hearts.
There are only two possible outcomes to God’s command to embrace His Son. This is a command, not a request. Nowhere in Scripture does God request anyone do anything for Him voluntarily. His commands are given with the expectation of obedience. Yet, bent by sin, no one can obey God without His direct intervention, which He gives freely. Still, people disobey Him, refusing to identify themselves with His Son, the King. Either God’s commands are obeyed, which is the natural action of those created in His image, or they are disobeyed, which brings His wrath.
Notice the warning given after the admonishment to kiss the Son. He will be angry and you perish in the way. Perish means to go astray and be destroyed. Annihilation awaits those who continue in their rebellion against Him. Their words and works are destroyed and they are consigned to eternity outside the presence of the life giving and sustaining God. Though God is patient in His dealings with people His patience does come to an end, for his wrath is quickly kindled. Wrath is the same word used in 2:5 for snorting through the nostrils. He will heatedly and justly condemn those who refuse to obey.
Do not test the patience of God with your sin.
Jesus speaks the parable of the wheat and the tares as an illustration of the kingdom of heaven and His authority and rule.
The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.
And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, “Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?”
He said to them, “An enemy has done this.”
So the servants said to him, “Then do you want us to go and gather them?”
But he said, “No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, ‘Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” (Matthew 13:24-30 ESV)
God created that which is good, people with the image of God. An enemy, the Deceiver came and led His people into rebellion. Yet, God has provided a way for those who are rebelling to return to Him. Some will, others will not. Those that will not are separated from those who will. Those who are His are gathered to Him and have His pleasure, while those who refuse to obey and give their loyalty to Him are removed from His presence and face His eternal wrath.