Is Christ David’s Son?

How say they that Christ is David’s son?…Luke 20:39-44

 

In the Gospels, Jesus often asks questions like, “What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?” or “Whom do men say that I am?”   He asked the question several times, but only one person got it right. What was He getting at?  Isn’t Jesus David’s son?

 

Luke 20:39  Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.

Luke 20:40  And after that they durst not ask him any question at all.

Luke 20:41  And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son?

Luke 20:42  And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,

Luke 20:43  Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Luke 20:44  David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?

 

Mat 22:41  While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

Mat 22:42  Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

Mat 22:43  He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,

Mat 22:44  The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

Mat 22:45  If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

 

Mark 12:35  And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?

Mark 12:36  For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Mark 12:37  David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.

 

In these verses Jesus is testing the spirits of the scribes and Pharisees.  He wasn’t asking them if they believed that He, Jesus of Nazareth, was the Christ.  He was asking them what their belief about the Messiah (Christ) was. 

 

He asks them why they believe the Messiah would be an earthly descendent of David.  He points out to them that this is impossible because David called Christ Lord.  In the mind of Jesus, it was simply not valid to think that an earthly son of David could be the Lord, the Messiah, the Son of God[1].  The scribes and Pharisees failed the “flesh” test because they believed that the Messiah would be an earthly descendent of David. It had been lost from their teachings that the Messiah would be a gift that came down to them from heaven[2].

 

But whom say ye that I am?…Matthew 16:13-20

 

In Matthew 16[3], Jesus tries the spirits of His own disciples, and gets a very different response from that of the scribes and Pharisees.  He first asks them who other men said He was, then He asks them, “But whom say ye that I am.”  Peter replies that He is the Christ the Son of the Living God.  Notice the difference in Peter’s response and the response the scribes and Pharisees gave.  Peter didn’t mix in any notion of Christ as an earthly descendent of David, he stated the simple truth of who the Messiah is, saying He is the Christ the Son of the Living God.

 

It is very significant what Jesus says next.  He tells him that flesh and blood hasn’t revealed this to him, but rather His Father in heaven.  Flesh and blood can’t reveal this because only the Father can teach us in our hearts who the Messiah is in truth[4].  Jesus goes on to say that it is upon this rock, the rock of the Son of the Living God taught in truth, that He will build His church.

 

Mat 16:13  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

Mat 16:14  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

Mat 16:15  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Mat 16:16  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Mat 16:17  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Mat 16:19  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Mat 16:20  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.

 

Satan had worked to remove the teaching of the Messiah as the Lord from heaven from the teachings of the scribes and Pharisees[5].  This foundation had to be re-established in order for the keys to the kingdom of heaven to be delivered over to believers like Peter.  What does that say about the many denominations and churches today that reject the true teaching of Christ as the bread from heaven?  Has the kingdom of heaven become leavened with the leaven of the scribes and Pharisees? 

 

2 Tim 3:13  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

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Jesus said, “I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. John 17:8”  When God teaches us who Jesus is we will know surely that He came out from God[6].  This means He came out wholly from God. He wasn’t partially of God and partially of Mary.  He wasn’t fully of God and fully of Mary.  He came out from God.  This is the rock upon which Jesus builds His church.  It is the Father that teaches this to us in the depths of our heart.  Jesus used this teaching to try the spirits when He walked the earth.  John told believers to try the spirits using this teaching.  We are leaning on our own understanding if we do not.

 

Let the scriptures speak.


[1] Numbers 23:19, Hosea 11:9

[2] See John 6.  Similarly, it had been lost from their teachings that salvation was by the new birth – John 3:1-10.

[3] See also Mark 8:27-31 and Luke 9:18-21. 

[4] John 6:29

[5] Luke 11:52

[6] It is not that you must have a very refined understanding of the Son of God to be saved.  But when you have begun down the road of following Christ and you are presented with the truth of how He came in the flesh you will receive it if you have been taught of God.  We see this in John 6.  The disciples of Christ who had not been taught of God went away when Jesus claimed to be from heaven.  Note John 6:66.

 

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2 Responses to “Is Christ David’s Son?”


  1. 1 HaMalakh February 12, 2009 at 4:27 am

    Jesus, the Son of Man, is the Son of David, but Christ, the Son of God, is indeed the Son of God.

  2. 2 hayesrod February 13, 2009 at 1:34 am

    Thanks for the comment HaMalakh. Actually, the title the Son of Man is greatly misunderstood. It doesn’t refer to Christ’s “humanity,” it refers to.. see my posts: https://thefirstborn.wordpress.com/2009/01/29/the-son-of-man/
    https://thefirstborn.wordpress.com/2009/01/24/jesus-the-firstborn-of-every-creature/


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