Today’s selected reading continues in the New Testament gospel account of the life and ministry of Jesus the Christ as written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke. More specifically, today’s passage is found in verses eleven through twenty-seven of the nineteenth chapter. When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find the beloved physician Luke writing and recording a certain parable which Jesus the Christ spoke while upon the earth. In all reality, the parable which we find in this passage of scripture is similar in nature to a parable which is also found in the New Testament gospel of Matthew. As you begin reading the words found in this passage you will find that as Jesus approaches Jerusalem it was asked of Him when He would restore the kingdom of Israel, and when the kingdom of God would appear and be manifested upon the earth. In all reality, that which we encounter in this passage of scruffier must be understood through the lens of an encounter which Jesus has with the Pharisees which Luke wrote and recorded earlier on in this gospel account. If you read the words contained in this series of verses you will find that the parable Jesus spike was one that was spoken unto those who thought and assumed that the kingdom of God was about to be manifested, and was drawing nearer unto them. The parable which Jesus spoke unto those to whom He spoke on this particular occasion was a parable—not only intended on speaking unto them of one who took a long journey to receive the kingdom which would be given unto them, but also concerning the stewardship which was asked and required in their absence. What is absolutely unique and wonderfully powerful about this passage of scripture is that the parable which was spoken was not only meant to speak to the reality of Jesus Himself taking a far journey to receive the kingdom, but also the responsibility of stewardship in His absence. If we are to truly understand that which is written and contained within this parable it is absolutely necessary that we understand this reality and concept of stewardship and the incredible leadership responsibility that is placed upon the servants who remain inm the absence of the one who was traveling to receive a kingdom. What we find within this parable is a truly remarkable picture of Jesus taking and going on a long and far journey in order that He might receive the kingdom which was promised unto Him from His Father who was in heaven.
To truly understand the nature of this parable and what it meant for Jesus who Himself was the one who was traveling on a far journey to receive the kingdom promised unto Him, it is necessary that we understand it through the lens of what is found in certain New Testament writings. Specifically, we must understand it through the lens of the words which the author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews wrote in the first two chapters of that epistle. What’s more, is that we must take this a step further and also consider it in light of that which the apostle Paul wrote concerning Jesus the Christ in the second chapter of the epistle which was written unto the Philippians. It is within these two passages specifically that we come face to face with the tremendous reality that before we can talk about the kingdom being manifested within and upon the earth we must first talk and speak about the kingdom being received by the eternal Som of the living God. The entire parable which Jesus speaks on this particular occasion hinges on the twin reality of the Son receiving a kingdom and the servants engaging in stewardship. What’s more, is that it almost seems apparent that we cannot have a discussion about kingdom without and apart from having a discussion about stewardship, for the two are inseparable and linked to each other. There would be those among us who would seek and would even wish to speak about the kingdom of God and the manifestation of it within and upon the earth and would seek to speak of it independent of the responsibility of stewardship. There would be those among us in this generation who would speak of the kingdom of God, and the manifestation of it, and yet they have absolutely no interest or desire in speaking about it in terms of stewardship that is needed within and upon our lives. I am thoroughly convinced that if we are going to have a real lasting conversation about the kingdom of God, and the manifestation of it within our hearts and lives we need to get honest with ourselves and with God about stewardship, which is essentially responsibility in the absence of the master. If and should you think about stewardship, you must come to terms with the fact that in its simplest terms stewardship is basically taking responsibility with and for what has been entrusted into our care in the absence of the Master.
It is absolutely critical and necessary that we come face to face with the awesome reality that stewardship is a subject we must come to terms with—particularly and especially in the absence of the Master. What’s mire, is that this absence of the Master is due to the fact that this Master has left and taken a long journey in order that He might receive a kingdom which was promised unto Him by His father in heaven. While it is true that when Jesus left and ascended unto the right hand of the Father He went to prepare a place for us, it is also true that Jesus took a long journey in order that He might receive a kingdom that was promised unto Him by His Father who was in heaven. We dare not and must not miss and lose sight of this awesome and incredible reality, for to do so would be to miss the incredible significance and importance of the kingdom that was promised unto Jesus and the responsibility we as His servants and disciples have in His absence. Perhaps one of the single greatest questions we must ask ourselves is what we as the servants and disciples of the Master are truly doing in the wake of His absence. We must ask ourselves what we are truly doing with that which has been entrusted unto us and unto our care. We must be willingly to look honestly and truthfully on whether or not we are taking that which has been given unto us in the absence of the master who has gone away to receive for Himself a kingdom. With that being said I am convinced that in addition to the words which are found in the epistle written unto the Philippians, as well as the epistle written unto the Hebrews, we must also carefully look at the epistle which was written unto the Ephesians by the apostle Paul. A carefully examination of the words which are written and found within each of these New Testament writings can and will bring us face to face with the tremendous reality that surrounds a Son who has Himself taken a long journey in order that He might receive unto Himself a kingdom promised by His Father who was in heaven. These passages of Scripture bring us face to face with the incredible reality that surrounds the Son’s ascension unto the right hand of the Father who is in heaven, and the fact that in the absence of the Son—not only is the Son receiving for Himself a kingdom which would be bestowed upon Him from the Father, but we also found the servants of the Son engaged in the responsibility of stewardship in the absence of the Son. Oh, I cannot escape the fact that the journey of the Son and the stewardship of the servants are so intrinsically linked and connected, and must be carefully understood in direct connection and conjunction with each other. Failing to understand how these two realities are connected and intertwined with each other can and will cause us to sorely and severely misunderstand that which is asked and required of us in this generation and in the days leading up to the return of the Son. Despite the fact that the Son has left and taken a long journey in order that He might receive unto Himself a kingdom—part of receiving that kingdom is returning to capture His body and bride unto Himself before the final events of human history unfold within and upon the earth. With that being said, consider if you will the words which are found—first in the New Testament epistle written unto the Hebrews, then the words which are found in the New Testament epistle of Philippians, and finally the words which are written in the New Testament epistle written unto the Ephesians:
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed her of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and He shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who. Make the his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: they shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. But to which of the Angeles said He at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:1-14).
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip, for if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him: God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will? For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily He took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it beloved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor them that are tempted” (Hebrews 2:1-18).
“If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comforts of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in loneliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: whom being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of the things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:1-13).
“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave some apostles; and some prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to drive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body filly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, make the increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4: 7-17).
The words which we find in these particular passages point to and demonstrate the tremendous responsibility that Jesus the Christ has in ascending unto the right hand of the Father, for by ascending unto the right hand of the Father—not only did He send the promised Holy Spirit unto His disciples and followers, but He also promised to prepare a place for His disciples and followers. The author of the epistle written unto the Hebrews makes it perfectly clear than once Jesus made atonement and reconciliation for the sins of men—once He completed the work that was asked and required of Him—He ascended into heaven and unto the right hand of the Father, and sat down. Please don’t miss the incredible significance and importance of His sitting down, for I am convinced that not only does Jesus’ sitting down at the right hand of the Father denote the truth that the work which He engaged in is and has been finished, but also in the process of sitting down he gives Himself to waiting for that moment when the trumpet shall sound, and He shall descend with a shout, and with the voice of the archangel will return for His body and bride. What’s more, is that Christ sitting down at the right hand of the Father also suggests a certain patience and certain long suffering that is present within Himself, for although He ascended on high to return unto His Father, He also ascended on high to receive unto Himself a kingdom which was promised by the Father who sits upon the throne. We dare not and must not miss this absolutely incredible reality, for to do so would be to miss out and lose the significance of Jesus’ sitting down at the right hand of the Father. There is not a doubt in my mind that Jesus’ sitting down at the right hand of the Father who is in heaven speaks to and suggests the awesome and incredible reality that there is a certain patience and long suffering which He must exercise in that He Himself awaits the receiving of the kingdom which was promised unto Him by the Father in heaven. It is true that when Jesus ascended unto heaven He was given a name above all names—a name that at the very mention of it every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess. It is true that when Jesus rose from the grave on the third day He was given all authority and all power by His Father who was in heaven. This reality is aptly expressed and declared by Jesus Himself in the final chapter of the New Testament gospel of Matthew, and right before Jesus ascended unto the right hand of His Father who is in heaven. Consider the words which Jesus Himself spoke unto His disciples just before ascending unto the right hand of his Father who is in heaven as written and recorded by one who was present on the mountain when those words were spoken:
“Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:16-20).
With the words which we find written and recorded by the apostle Matthew on this particular occasion we come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that when Jesus rose from the grave on the third day He rose with all power and all authority—both which were given unto Him by His Father who was in heaven. We dare not miss and we dare not lose sight of this awesome and wonderful reality, for to do so would be to miss out on the tremendous truth that when Jesus rose from the grave He was given all authority and power, and when He ascended on high He was given a name above all names—a name that is above all kings and lords—which at the very mention of it every knee should bow, and every tongue should confess. What is so interesting and unique about this particular reality of Jesus the Christ having not only been given all power and all authority, as well as a name above all names is that in the process and in the midst of all this, He sat down at the right hand of Majesty and has been seated there since He ascended unto the right hand of all Majesty forty days after He was resurrected from the grave. For a period of forty days after Jesus was raised from the grave He showed Himself alive unto the disciples, and even upwards of five hundred souls at one time—a reality which is written and recorded by the apostle Paul in the fifteenth chapter of the first New Testament epistle written unto the Corinthian saints, as well as words which were written and recorded by the beloved physician Luke in the first chapter of the New Testament book of Acts. In the fifteenth chapter of the first New Testament epistle written unto the Corinthian saints the apostle Paul wrote and declared how Jesus the Christ rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and was seen of Cephas (Peter), then of the twelve, and after that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remained even unto the present moment when the apostle Paul wrote the words which were found in this epistle. What’s more, is that the apostle Paul goes on to write that He was seen of James, then of all the apostles before finally being seen of the apostle Himself, as one born out of due time. In the first chapter of the New Testament book of Acts we come face to face with the incredible reality that Jesus shewed Himself alive after His passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. After rising from the grave on the third day according to Scriptures Jesus was given all authority and all power, however, when He ascended unto the right hand of the Father who was in heaven, He was given a name which was above all names—a name that at the very mention of it every knee would bow and every tongue would confess. Oh please don’t miss the significance of this, for when Jesus rose from the grave on the third day He rose with all authority and power—“Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death”—and when He ascended unto the right hand of all Majesty, He was given a name above all names.
It is necessary and imperative that we recognize and understand that Jesus has been given all authority and all power, and it is necessary that we recognize that Jesus was given a name that is above all names, and it is even necessary that we understand how Jesus is seated and sat down at the right hand of all Majesty, however, we must understand and recognize that in that sitting there also comes the process of waiting—waiting for the kingdom to be received by Him. Christ’s being seated at the right hand of all Majesty speaks to power and authority, and even to the completion of the work which the Father sent Him to accomplish and fulfill upon the earth, however, I am convinced that it speaks of something much greater, and something far more powerful than simply the finished work which He was sent to accomplish. There is not a doubt in my mind that with the sitting comes patience and long suffering as Jesus awaits that moment when the kingdom will be given unto Him. When we think of Jesus being seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven we rarely think about and consider the fact that His being seated at the right hand of the Father is simply above the finished work and His receiving all authority and power, and also involved a patience waiting and patient endurance for that moment when the kingdom will be bestowed unto and given to Him. THE PATIENCE OF THE LAMB! THE PATIENCE OF THE SEATED LAMB! I can’t help but be reminded of the words which the apostle Peter wrote in the third chapter of the second epistle which he wrote unto the Jews which were scattered abroad within and throughout the region of Asia during those generations. In the third and final chapter of this second epistle which was written by the apostle Peter we come face to face with the tremendous degree of patience which takes part within the heart and souls of the eternal Son as He is seated at the right hand of all Majesty. If you begin reading with and from the first verse of the third chapter of this second epistle you will come face to face with the following words written by this apostle of Jesus Christ:
“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: whereby the world that was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for an hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. And account that the long suffering of our Lord is aviation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:1-18).
With the words which we find in this particular portion of the second epistle written by the apostle Peter we come face to face with the awesome reality of the patience and long suffering of the living God, and even of His Christ—a patience and long suffering which has not changed and continues even unto this very day. I find the words which are written within this passage of Scripture to be absolutely and incredibly significant—particularly and especially when we consider them in light of that which is written concerning Jesus the Christ being seated at the right hand of the Father who is in heaven. As I sit here this morning thinking about and pondering the reality of Jesus the Christ being seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, I can’t help but be confronted with and by the reality that in the sitting there is also a patience and long suffering that is being exercised by the eternal Son. There is not a doubt in my mind that in the sitting of the Son upon the right hand of the Father in heaven, there is a wonderful and powerful truth concerning the patience of the Son and His waiting for the manifestation of the kingdom of God. If there is one thing we must recognize and understand it’s that the kingdom of God has not yet been manifested within and upon the earth, and the eternal Son has not received the kingdom which was given unto Him. Despite the fact that all authority and all power was given unto the Son by the Father in heaven, and although the Son is greater than the angels in heaven—despite the fact that He was made lower than the angels and took on the form of human flesh—the Son has not received that which has been promised unto Him. There is actually great comfort in this, for there are times within our hearts and lives when grow impatient with waiting for that which has been promised unto us by the living God who sits upon the throne in heaven. There are countless times when we grow impatient concerning that which the Father has promised and spoken unto us in this generation and in our lives, and yet the truth of the matter is that right now—even Jesus the Christ, the eternal Son of the living God is seated in heaven patiently waiting for the manifestation of the kingdom of heaven which was promised unto Him by the His Father who is in heaven. Even Jesus Christ the eternal Son of the living God has not received that which has been promised unto Him, and is seated at the right hand of the Father in a place of patience and long suffering as He awaits that day when He shall receive the kingdom which was promised unto Him. It would be very easy to overlook and to miss this truth, and I am convinced there are many who do in fact miss this truth concerning Jesus Christ being seated at the right hand of the Father who in heaven. The truth of the matter is that in the sitting of the Lamb at the right hand of the Father in heaven there is the patience of the Lamb who is waiting for the manifestation of the kingdom which was promised unto Him by His Father who is in heaven. The sitting of the Lamb at the right hand of the Father in heaven is more than just authority and power, but even in the midst of authority and power there is patience and waiting.
IN AUTHORITY AND POWER THERE IS PATIENCE AND LONGSUFFERING! Oh, please don’t miss this absolutely incredible and remarkable truth, for more often than not when we think of authority and power we don’t think of it in terms of patience, and waiting, and even long suffering. When we think about when we consider the eternal Son of the living God, and when we consider the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, we think about and consider Him being seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, and we even think about Him as having all authority and all power, yet very rarely do we think about and consider the fact that in that authority and in that power there is also a patience and long suffering that is being exercised in the heart and mind of the eternal Son of the living God. It is absolutely necessary that we understand this incredible and tremendous reality—particularly and especially when we seem to grow impatient in our own waiting for that which has been promised unto us by the eternal and living God. More often than not we grow impatience, and perhaps even frustrated, tired and weary while waiting for that which the eternal and living God has promised us, and yet we fail to recognize and understand the truth that even the eternal Son of the living God is seated at the right hand of all Majesty even right now, and is patiently waiting for the manifestation and receiving of the kingdom which was promised unto Him. We must understand and recognize the awesome truth that even though the eternal Son is seated on the right hand of all power and authority, and even though the eternal Son has been given all authority and all power, there is in that authority and power a patient endurance and long suffering as He waits for the manifestation and receiving of the kingdom of God. It is absolutely necessary that we recognize and understand this truly remarkable—and perhaps even convicting reality—for it confronts our own feeling of impatience while we wait to receive that which has been promised unto us. There would be many of us who would seem and seek to grow impatient with the living God while we wait for that which has been promised unto us, and sitting and waiting is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do. There are very few of us who have any interest and desire in sitting down and patiently waiting for the promise of the Father, and yet the truth of the matter is that it is in the sitting down that we not only possess our souls, but also exercise patience and long suffering before One who is Himself seated at the right hand of all power and patiently waits to receive that which has been promised unto Him. I can’t help but be reminded of the words which are found in the second chapter of the Old Testament book of the Psalms beginning with the first verse of the chapter. I leave you with these words, for I am convinced that these words not only speak to the eternal Son being seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, but they also speak to the patient endurance and long suffering of the Son while He waits to receive that which has been promised unto Him. Consider if you will the words which the apostle Peter attributes to David king of Israel and ancient Hebrew poet:
“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine 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 band asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: The Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I get otter thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm 2:1-12).