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Dave's Daily Devo - March 1, 2017

  • 2017 Mar 01

The Riddle

Matthew 22:41-46

When Steve, my brother-in-law, comes to visit us in Texas, he will drive long distances, not for a cup of coffee, but for the NY Times, especially the Sunday Times. Why the trek? He’s addicted to solving the crossword puzzle. Getting all the vertical and horizontal spaces filled is a must. Steve loves puzzles, and he can solve them almost every time. Jesus’s enemies, on the other hand, couldn’t solve the puzzle He presented to them.

It started with two simple questions that the Pharisees could answer in their sleep. “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” (Matthew 22:42) They answered immediately, “of David.” Then Jesus sprung the riddle they couldn’t answer, “How is it that David inspired by the Spirit calls him (his son) Lord, saying,

‘The LORD said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I place your enemies under your feet.’” Psalm 110:1

In Judaism sons always showed deference to their fathers. The father was always greater than the son, but in this case David gave the deference and respect to one of his future sons.

For those of us who accept Matthew’s point that Jesus is not only the Son of David but also the Son of God the answer is easy. In Jesus’ humanity He was David’s Son, a requirement of the promised Messiah from the Old Testament (2 Samuel 7). But in regard to His heavenly origin He was divine, God’s Son. He was Yahweh’s true eternal Son; therefore, far greater than King David.

The irony is that God promised in Psalm 110 to defeat all those who oppose this Son, and the Jerusalem religious hierarchy during this last week before the cross was lining up with those who hated and opposed Jesus.

LORD, a thousand years before Jesus was born David could prophesy that one of his sons would come into the world and he would have to address him as his superior. This Son would rule from God’s right hand. Millions go to the movies to watch Batman, Spider-man, Superman, or Wonder Woman conquer the evil villains with their super human power. This Easter move many to understand that this yearning for the ultimate deliverer can only be authentically fulfilled by David’s Son, Jesus, the Messiah, the One who destroys evil, not by blowing everything up, but by dying in weakness on the cross so that we can be forgiven.

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