Today we’ll read Numbers 25, Luke 20 and Psalm 35 from the New American Standard Version.
May God bless the reading of His Word.
Welcome to Saturday, the first day of a three day weekend here in the States. I’m glad you’re with me today, and I pray that your Labor Day weekend is safe and restful, as we say goodbye to summer, hello to football, and thanks to those who labor…like nearly all of us.
Today I would like to focus for just a moment on a short part of our reading from Luke. It’s just four verses: 41-44. “41 Jesus said to them, “How do they say that Christ is the Son of David? 42 For David himself said in the Book of Psalms, ‘The Lord said to My Lord, “Sit at my right side 43 until I make those who hate You a place to rest Your feet.”’ 44 David calls Him, ‘Lord!’ Then how can He be his son?””
Jesus was talking to some of the religious leaders when he posed this question, and since no response from them is shown, the implication is that they had no answer. And of course they couldn’t, because they would have had to admit that *He* was the one the scripture was about.
I like what Matthew Henry says in his commentary. I’ll paraphrase it: The scriptures make it plain that the Messiah would be the Son of David…or descended from David. But it was also clear from this passage in Psalm 110 quoted by Jesus that David called the Messiah his Lord. So the question Jesus presented them was, “If the Messiah is David’s Son, then why would David call the Messiah his Lord?”
The religious leaders couldn’t reconcile this seeming contradiction. Remember, this is an easy question for us, because we have the entire context. We know who Jesus is, but the religious leaders of the time were completely perplexed. I like what Matthew Henry said: Christ, as God, was David’s Lord, but Christ, as man, was David’s Son.
There’s something to think about today. Christ, as God, was David’s Lord, but Christ, as man, was David’s Son.
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