Something ancient and new

I was reading through Psalm 2 today, and I noticed a line. “Ask of me and I will make the nations your heritage, and the end of the earth your possession.” When I read this I reminded of another place in the Bible (Psalm 2:8). “Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.'” Matthew 4:8-9). I’m not really sure why I noticed this specific detail today but it stuck out. If you’re familiar with the temptation story you know Satan starts little, switches to quote scripture, and finally offers the nations of the world to Christ. This is the first time I made the connection to Psalm 2. It made me think that everything we do something not for the Lord for some sort of worldly reward, specifically for a gain in power and status, we are replacing God with the idol of power and, in a sense bowing down to the Prince of Darkness.

Just something to ponder.

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