Jesus has been both instructing and illustrating about greatness in the Kingdom and great crowds began to follow him. Most recently he has, for the third time, specifically predicted his death and resurrection, though most did not understand this was the redemptive fulfillment of His life. What is coming is a sham trial, public beating and mocking, and the death of a condemned criminal among criminals. We are now in the last week of Jesus’ life. His entry into Jerusalem, his final instructions to the crowds and to the disciples, and the courage to face the cross contrary to his will but in obedience to the heavenly Father. The link is now made from the lineage of David – the royal lineage – to Jesus not only as the Son of David but David’s Lord, namely the Savior of the world.
43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,
44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
under your feet.”’[a]
45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. Matthew 22:43-46.
1. Jesus’ Instruction Proceeding from the Known to the Unknown. This is the last public dialogue between Jesus and his critics. Begrudgingly, they have to admit Jesus' lineage in the line of David, which is itself royalty. Not Messianic but royalty. And to that they admit. This is known in the community and not deniable. This becomes the foundation for Jesus' affirmation that He is from God, doing the work of the Father, and proceeding back to heaven.
2. Jesus’ Logic Affirming his Deity. Jesus now, on multiple occasions, has predicted his death and resurrection, to his disciples, and to the crowds. But to his critics, no acknowledgment was made. Now they are directed to the logic that not only is Jesus the son of David, which they admit, but from Psalms 110, a Psalm written by David, even David admits that the One who comes after him, as predicted, will be the Messiah.
3. Applying the Psalms to Jesus’ Instruction. The enemies of Jesus instantly knew that they were biblically and logically wrong – that they were hoisted, as it were, on the horns of the dilemma where they could not affirm Jewish heritage in David and deny that Jesus was the application of the Son of David – the Messiah.
Psalms 110 says about this One from David – your enemies shall be your footstool; the Lord will extend your mighty scepter; you will rule in the midst of your enemies; your troops … will be arrayed in holy majesty; you are a Priest forever; the Lord is at your right hand, He will crush kings on the day of wrath; he will judge the nations; crushing the rules of the whole earth.
No wonder of Jesus' enemies, it was said: from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
We are in a crazy world right now. The newly appointed Justice of the Supreme Court does not have the moral courage to define a woman. USA Today calls a man ‘Woman of the Year’. A recent witness in our congress advises that men can get pregnant and have an abortion. All absurdities. Where will it end? Well, our text from Psalm 110 said, evil has its season, but God will have the final say. Be encouraged that our world is not out of His control. We follow in faith and trust that, in our lifetime or after, all matters will be set right, in righteousness and justice, both in the heavens and in our world. Best to you this week.