Turning The Tables
The population of the United States was embroiled in the intense 2016 Campaign to decide who would be their next president. Millions and millions of dollars were being spent to sway swing voters, but a far more important question is—Who will rule the world?
All of history can be viewed from the perspective of this conflict. The Ottoman Empire claimed to rule the world. Napoleon said he would rule the world. Hitler made the same claim, and the former USSR claimed they were the incarnation of Marx’s prophecy that the workers would unite and rule the planet. Since the end of the Cold War, the western powers have been on top of the pile.
Psalm 2 pictures all this conflict between nations as a vicious, angry storm and prophesies (e.g. 2 Samuel 7) that a son of David will be the ultimate world ruler. This ruler will not be chosen by popular vote. God, Himself, will set this king on the throne, and Jesus turned the tables on His questioners during His last week in Jerusalem by placing them on the horns of a dilemma they couldn’t solve.
“Now Jesus had a question for them, ‘How do they say that the Messiah is David’s son? For David, himself, says in the Book of Psalms, ‘The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’ David, therefore, calls the Messiah, ‘Lord.’ How can he be David’s son?’” Luke 20:41-44
The answer to the dilemma Jesus’ opponents faced based on their own Scripture in Psalm 110 was that the Messiah would be divine. He would be humanly from the line of David, but He existed from eternity as the Son of God. King David accepted that his son, the Messiah, was greater than himself. Luke tells us how Jesus claims this equality with His Heavenly Father.
If we accept Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah and submit to His authority, we will be welcomed into resurrection life as God’s child. If we continue to put our trust in other causes or individuals rejecting Jesus, we will remain on the wrong side of the rebellion against the true God taking place in the hearts of men.
LORD, thanks that Your Son was willing to become a man in the line of David, yet still revealed in passages like this that He was Your divine Son. Use these devos to challenge all of us to read Luke’s Gospel carefully with a humble open heart so that we will join King David in confessing the superiority of his Son.
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