Word at Work October 16, 2016

Scripture: Psalm 2:1-9

Psalm 2:1-9 says, “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King On My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree:’ The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” We restrain evil by using a Rod of Iron. The covenant of salt empowers us to pray judicially when led by the Spirit over those who are violating God’s Word and see them dry up or be removed. When the Spirit leads us, we can pray judicially to dry up finances or cut them off and remove them. Restraining evil is bringing the judicial Hand of God or Rod of Iron on the wicked. We need to first look at the strength of the words used in this passage, then follow this in the Word and see if it consistently leads us into the New Testament. First we need to recognize that we are the ones called to exercise judgment. He did not say He would break them with a Rod of Iron, He said “You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.” The Hebrew word ra-rah is translated “break” and means ‘a blow from which there is no recovery.’ Can you and I pray a prayer on an individual from which there is no recovery? Psalm 2:8 promises us a harvest of nations if we ask. When we face resistance to the harvest, it is our job to break that resistance. After break/ra-rah, we are called to dash/kaw-fats. Kaw-fats means ‘to shatter in pieces and toss into the air until a whirlwind blows it away, never to be recovered.’ Psalm 2:9 encourages us to pray termination on those who are promoting, espousing and funding evil. If evil is impacting our harvest field, our job is to put the Rod of Iron on it. We need to pray it covenantally and use our faith to put it into action. If evil is hindering our harvest, we are given the spiritual tools to put it under our feet. When you and I use our faith to harvest nations, anything that sets itself against that harvest has to be subject to God’s Rod of Iron. Let’s use our faith to walk in Psalm 2, in Jesus’ name!

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