HOST: Ron House
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet” ’? If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
This text demonstrates the misunderstanding and ignorance of the Jewish leaders concerning the prophesied Messiah. This time, it is Jesus who questions the Pharisees asking them, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They correctly answered, “the Son of David.” Ironically, Jesus’ followers had, just a few days before, praised Jesus, calling Him the Son of David (Matthew 21:9, 15) to which the Pharisees adamantly protested. The Jews had taken the prophecies literally and thought the coming Messiah to be only of the physical lineage of David. “Why then,” Jesus asked, “did David call Him Lord?” The point is, if David called the Messiah Lord, it stands to reason that He must be more than just the physical descendant of David. In fact, He must be more than merely human. He must be from God. For this reasoning, the Jews had no response and, in fact, did not question Him again until the night that He stood on trial before them.
Why do you think the Jews continued to refuse to believe in Jesus?
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