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Son of David or Son of God

The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were constantly trying to trap Jesus in an effort to discredit Him and His teachings. They would pose difficult theological questions to which they hoped He would not either not be able to answer or that He would commit blasphemy with His answer and the people would no longer follow Him. However, in Luke 20:41-44, Jesus posed His own difficult theological question: “How could the Messiah be both the son of David and David’s divine Lord?” In other words, is the long-awaited Messiah the Son of David, or the Son of God…or both?

Attempting to trap the Son of God

Just prior to Luke 20:41-44, the Sadducees were asking Him about marriage in the afterlife. First, you need to understand that the Sadducees didn’t believe in the resurrection from the dead because they did not see it in what was their “Bible” of that day. The Torah consisted only of Genesis through Deuteronomy. Based on Deuteronomy 25:5, they believed in the law of levirate marriage which said that if a husband died and left no offspring, his brother would marry his wife and give her child in his name. So the Sadducees posed a question that if there were seven brothers and they all married the same woman (based on this levirate marriage law), then whose wife would she be in the resurrection?

Jesus answered their question, saying that those who attain the resurrection from the dead are not given in marriage, nor do they die anymore. They also are equal to angels and are sons of God. The Sadducees mistakenly assumed that life after the resurrection of the body would include the same basic structures as earthly life. After this encounter, they stopped baiting Jesus into a theological duel, because they only ended up looking foolish to the people rather than discrediting Jesus.

A Question from the Son of God

The Sadducees may have stopped baiting Jesus, but Jesus gives poses a question of his own to them: “How could the Messiah be both the son of David and David’s divine Lord?” The Bible does not provide an answer from the religious leaders and Jesus left the question open. The only possible answer is that Jesus, the Messiah, was both fully God, making Him Lord, and fully human, a descendant or son of David. For the religious leaders to provide this answer would mean that they would have to acknowledge that Jesus is who He said He is – the Messiah.

What the OT Scriptures say about the Son of David being the Son of God

  • 2 Samuel 7:16 tells us of the promise God made to David: “your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.”
  • In Isaiah 11:1, the prophet foretold: “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Jesse is David’s father.
  • Jeremiah writes: “Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness’” (Jeremiah 23:5–6).

The New Testament shows us that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies that the Son of David is the Son of God

  • The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. (Matthew 1:1)
  • He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. (Luke 1:32–33)
  • Matthew and Luke provide genealogies tracing Jesus back to David.
  • Jesus encountered several people who called Him “Son of David, such as Bartimaeus, the blind beggar sitting near the road in Mark 10:47-52.
  • James quotes from the book of Acts (Acts 15:15-16) and implies Jesus as David’s descendant: “With this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written, ‘After this I will return, and I will rebuild the tent of David that has fallen; I will rebuild its ruins and I will restore it.'”  The “tent of David” refers to the lineage of David through the coming Messiah.

No Room to Doubt the Son of God

The Bible leaves no room to wonder if Jesus is the fulfillment of the 2 Samuel promise to David. Because Jesus was a born from the lineage of David, He was by earthly standards the “Son of David.” But the only way possible for David to call Jesus “Lord” when Jesus would not be born for another 42 generations later is that Jesus also has to be the eternal Son of God – the Messiah the Jews had been waiting on from the time of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. It was a plain as it could be – had the Sadducees simply believed. What about you? Do you believe that Jesus is both the Son of David and the Son of God?


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Luke 20:17 – The Cornerstone

April 25 Luke 20 17 NKJV

When a building is being built the first stone set in the construction of a masonry foundation is called the cornerstone. It is the most important stone of the entire construction because once it was set, the rest of the building would conform to the angles and size of the cornerstone. This principle cornerstone was placed at the corner of the edifice and was usually one of the largest, most solid, and most carefully constructed stones for the whole building. If one were to remove this stone from the construction, the entire building would collapse. Because of the importance of this stone, if it was not just right the builder would reject it.

In Luke 20:17, Jesus was quoting from Psalm 118:22 and He identified Himself as the Cornerstone on which His church would be built. The prophet, Isaiah foretold this about Jesus. In Isaiah 28:16, Isaiah said: “So this is what the sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.’” For Christians and the Church, Christ is the Cornerstone who provides the firm foundation for our lives. However, for those who do not believe and place their trust in Him, they are like the Pharisees who rejected Him. In Acts 4:11, Peter uses this same passage from Luke 20:17 to condemn the Jewish religious leaders. Peter said, “This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.” The religious leaders should have been the ones building the church. But they chose to reject Jesus as the Messiah. By doing so, and discarding Him as the cornerstone, their lives collapsed around them just as a building would if the cornerstone was removed from the structure.

The same is true for us today. We each must choose either a firm foundation with Christ as the cornerstone, or to reject Him. In Isaiah 8:14-15, the prophet describes Jesus as a sanctuary for those who trust in him but a stumbling block to those who reject Him as the foundation for their life.  There are three things we can learn about Jesus being the cornerstone of our lives:

If Jesus is our Cornerstone, then we take our shape from Him. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way in which He walked. If Jesus is the true cornerstone of your life than everything else in your life will take its shape from Him. Your words and actions would be like Him. The places you go would be places Jesus would go. Your eyes would only look at things Jesus would look at. Your attitudes would mirror His. And your heart would be like His: humble, servant, kind, generous, merciful, forgiving. Ephesians 5:1 says that we should be imitators of Christ. If He is the cornerstone of our lives, then everything about Christ should bubble up from our foundation and reflect Christ in every part of our lives.

If Jesus is our Cornerstone, then we take our instructions from Him. Luke 6:46 says, “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say?” If we profess Jesus as Lord, then the logical thing to do is to obey His commandments and do what He tells us to do. John 14:15 says, ““If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” A solider demonstrates his loyalty and faithfulness to his commanding officer and his platoon by following the orders of the officer. To do so, he must also trust his commanding officer as well as the other soldiers in his platoon. As a Christian, we demonstrate our love and trust in Christ, as well as our loyalty and faithfulness, by obeying God’s commandments and doing His will for our lives.

Lastly, if Jesus is our cornerstone, then we can take shelter in Him. If Jesus is our cornerstone, then we have a sure foundation for when the storms of life come. Jesus put it this way in Luke 6:46-49: “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? I will show you what someone is like who comes to Me, hears My words, and acts on them: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. When the flood came, the river crashed against that house and couldn’t shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The river crashed against it, and immediately it collapsed. And the destruction of that house was great!” 

If you examine your own life, what have your built your eternal life on? Is Christ the cornerstone that lays a firm foundation? Are you more like the house on the rock or the house on the sand? Does the shape of your life mirror the shape of Christ? Are you following His instructions? Do you take shelter in Him when the storm of life come, trusting Him to be a firm and sure cornerstone?

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1) we take our shape from Him
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Mark 7:6 – Can You Honor God with Your Lips but Still Have A Heart Far from God?

Feb 27 Mark 7 6 NKJV

I love the praise and worship songs Pastor Jonathan leads us in every Sunday. The lyrics as I sing along praise and magnify Jesus. Yet, if in my heart I’m angry, have unresolved conflict with another person, or have unconfessed sin that I hang on to, then I can sing the great praise words all day and still have a heart far from God. Or we could sing along, but not have yet accepted Christ as Savior, like the religious leaders in Jesus’ day. They practiced all the rituals, memorized the scripture,  and led pious lives but denied Jesus as the Messiah even though He stood right in front of them. Jesus called them hypocrites.

Anytime worship is merely outward and not from the heart, than it is nothing more than a hypocritical worship. True purity and worship is a matter of inward love and a right attitude, not just outward actions and religious rituals. You can do all the right “things” and still not do them for the right reasons. True worship is always accompanied by a lifestyle of a true heart commitment to God.

If our heart is right than our words will follow and they will honor God. What words are said in rush hour traffic with the “road bully” that cuts you off? What words are said in an argument with your spouse. What words do you use when you talk about your spouse to others? Do you participate in the office gossip? Do you use cuss words?

When we make God Lord of our life, then we make Him Lord over all parts of us – whether that’s our lips and the words we say, our eyes and what we choose to view on the internet or TV, our ears in what we listen to, our feet in where we go, our minds and the thoughts we dwell on, or our hands in the actions they do. You can’t have God Lord of your life in the great praise and worship time on Sunday mornings and not Lord the rest of the week. Otherwise, we are just like the hypocritical religious leaders of Jesus’ day.

Lord, may our lips honor you from a heart of true worship. May they sing your praise and tell of your great love and grace with hearts that honor you. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

 

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Matthew 21:42

Jan 31 Matthew 21 42 NKJV

A long time member of a congregation scolded the new pastor for his radical new ideas and changes: “Reverend, if God were alive today, He would be shocked at the changes in this church!”

Well, God is alive! However, “changes in the church” is nothing new. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had changed God’s design, instituting so many legalistic rules that they would have been impossible to keep. Even knowing the Scriptures inside and out, they couldn’t even recognize the Messiah as He stood there speaking to them. They chose to reject Him because He didn’t fit into their mold of what they thought the Messiah would be. As a metaphor, Jesus pointed out that the very stone that the master builders deemed as “unusable” would become the most important stone of the entire structure. The Jewish leader may have tried to change up God’s blueprint, but God would still carry out His master plan — the resurrection of Jesus and the building of the church.

There are many different ways to worship God. We can worship through song, praise, prayer, tithing, serving, and witnessing. King David even danced before the Lord. One person may lift their hands toward heaven while another sits in quiet reverence with a bowed head. The point of worship is not the how but the heart. Worship occurs when there has been an encounter with the Living God and we come away a changed person because of that encounter and God receives the praise for it. We need to be careful of how we label worship and make sure that we are not like the Jewish religious leaders who were so caught up in pious legalities that they didn’t even recognize the Son of God standing in front of them. Let’s not judge others for how they worship, because then we take our eyes of God and we cease to worship Him ourselves.

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