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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Son of David (Matthew 22)

The Pharisees couldn't understand that the Messiah was God. But that's not surprising. There are many people today who don't believe Jesus is God. Yet if we don't believe Jesus is who He says He is, are we the enemies who will be the footstool under His feet?

After the Pharisees had made several attempts to trap Jesus with His words, Jesus turned the table and asked them a question:

Matthew 22:41-45 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, [42] saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?" They said to Him, "The Son of David." [43] He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him 'Lord,' saying: [44] 'The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool?" [45] If David then calls Him 'Lord,' how is He his Son?" [46] And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

The Pharisees knew the Messiah would be a descendant of David. They even knew Jesus was quoting David's writing from Psalm 110:1 in Matthew 22:44.

But they could not understand how the Messiah could also be David's Lord.

So then the rest of the passage which said, "till I make Your enemies Your footstool," was talking about those who refused to accept Jesus as the Christ (Messiah), God in human flesh.

So then what does that mean for us today?

If we say we are Christians but refuse to accept Jesus as God, are we also His enemies?

If we say we believe in Jesus but refuse to accept Jesus' own words that "He and the Father are one," are we His enemies?

Could it be that like the Pharisees, we have a tendency to want to be on the throne deciding what is right and wrong in our own eyes rather than bowing down to Jesus in all areas of our lives?

That desire to play God means we are refusing to humble ourselves and admit that only God determines right and wrong, not us. Only He is worthy to be on the throne of our lives.

Yet when we humble ourselves and bow down to Jesus as our Lord God, we are no longer His enemies under His feet. We are His beloved who will be rescued from His wrath and redeemed for all eternity.

Dear Lord, Every time you talk about the dumb things the Pharisees do and their refusal to humble themselves and accept Jesus as their Lord God, I know You are telling me to look in the mirror. Lord, show me where I need to humble myself and submit every aspect of my life to Your authority and make sure I am seeking to honor You alone in all things. In Jesus' name, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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