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.”
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
on Zion, my holy hill.” Psalm 2:1-6 ESV
Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with heavy burdens. They built for Pharaoh store cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and the more they spread abroad. And the Egyptians were in dread of the people of Israel. So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves. Exodus 1:8-14 ESV
Do you know who was the shortest man ever to play major league baseball? It was a little person named Eddie Gaedel, only 3 feet 7 inches tall. He was hired to have one at-bat with the St. Louis Browns in 1951. The owner of the team did it as a joke, but Mr. Gaedel was given a real contract and came up to bat in a real game. He wore number 1/8 and used a toy bat. The people in the stands thought it was very funny, and the pitcher and catcher of the Detroit Tigers were laughing so hard they could hardly play. It was funny to think that a little person could get a hit off a major league pitcher with a toy bat. The pitcher ended up walking him, and a pinch runner took over for him at first base.
This probably wasn’t a very kind or respectful way to treat a little person, but trying to fight God’s purposes, even if someone is a powerful king in this world, is just as silly as a little person trying to get a hit with a toy bat. In fact, the psalm says God laughs at people who work against him. There’s no way to stop God or get in his way when he plans to do something. When God’s people lived in Egypt, the king was worried about how strong they were getting. He tried to control them by making them slaves, and while God allowed him to do that for awhile, in the end God set his people free and showed his power to the king and people of Egypt. It was foolish to think they could stand in God’s way.
God’s purposes in history were always moving toward bringing his anointed king into the world. When Jesus came into the world, God’s plan was fulfilled. Jesus carried out his father’s purpose to defeat sin, death, and the devil through his death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. Now Jesus is the king of his people, everyone who believes in him. We look forward to the day when Jesus will come again to bring in a new world where he will be our king of power and glory. The kingdom Jesus won for us will never end!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your power and love, and for saving us through Jesus, our King. In His Name, Amen.