Psa. 2:2,3 ¶ Why do the nations rage* and the peoples plot in vain. The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against his Anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us”.
David said the nations are ‘raging’. 3000 years have come and gone since David yet the raging continues. What is the noise all about? The world does not like to be told how to live their lives. At the end of the day, it is all about authority. ‘Who gives God the right to tell me what to do and maybe you aren’t interpreting it right. Or maybe the other gods have as much to say as the Christian God.’ The other routine is ‘the world is evolving, culture is evolving, people long ago just weren’t as advanced as we are today’. You get the drift, the world does not like the revelation of God given in the Word of God and wants to reinvent the rules and rewrite our history. Yep, the world is raging. Luther said they were also raging in his day. Here are his thoughts on today’s verse.
“Why does the world call the gospel a “yoke,” why, “chains,” and refuse to tolerate it? I answer: It does not wish to give up its own righteousness. It does not wish its own wisdom to be obscured. It does not even wish to abandon its own glory and power. And, if I may put it into one word, it does not wish, nor is it able, to keep the First Commandment, but struggles against it with all the powers of the will, intellect, and possessions. It ought to love and prefer God above all things, but it loves itself and its own things. It ought to extol the righteousness of God and trust in it, but it values its own righteousness so highly that it absolutely does not care about the righteousness of God. For just as a monkey loves its own offspring, so the world loves only those things which belong to it. It rejoices in them, is proud, puffed up; but all other things, which are outside itself and rest only on faith, it proudly neglects and treads on them as though on an unknown treasure.”
Luther knew all about the raging of the religious world, after all, he was in the middle of the storm with his teaching of justification by grace alone through faith alone. Let the world rage on, our God sits in the heavens and laughs.