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Preaching Jesus—Son of David

In examining the titles or descriptions of our Lord, we can learn so much. Every designation gives us greater insight into some aspect of the Saviour’s overwhelming majesty. One particular sobriquet is “Son of David.” This is used throughout Scripture. The Jewish people of Jesus’ day certainly expected the Messiah to be known by this appellation, “And all the multitudes were amazed, and said, Can this be the son of David?” (Matthew 12:23). Most were familiar with past statements from men of God, “Hath not the scripture said that the Christ cometh of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?” (John 7:42). Truly, there is something to learn by examining the phrase, “Son of David.” Following verses are just a few examples of the things we can learn from the “Son of David.”

Old Testament Passages

There was a special promise made to David: “I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant: Thy seed will I establish for ever, And build up thy throne to all generations.” (Psalm 89:3,4).

The promised One would sit on the throne of David forever: “When thy days are fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, that shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son: if he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men; but my lovingkindness shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thy house and thy kingdom shall be made sure for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.” (2Samuel 7:12-16).

Holy men of God spoke of God’s intentions: “Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:7).

The covenant of God is established: “Incline your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live: and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” (Isaiah 55:3).

We begin to see where these Old Testament passages lead us, but how do they fit with what we find beginning in the gospels?

New Testament Passages

Matthew begins his gospel with Jesus’ genealogy: “The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1).

Luke gives this detail in recounting the coming of Jesus into the world: “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David” (Luke 2:4). “… for there is born to you this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11).

In Jesus’ ministry, those following Him recognized He fulfilled the promise of God: “And as Jesus passed by from thence, two blind men followed him, crying out, and saying, Have mercy on us, thou son of David.” (Matthew 9:27). “And behold, a Canaanitish woman came out from those borders, and cried, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a demon.” (Matthew 15:22).

The apostles connected Jesus with the promises of old: “And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he hath spoken on this wise, I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David.” (Acts 13:39).

What Do We Learn About the Knowledge of God?

God knew David’s heart. Samuel makes this clear when expressing God’s displeasure to Saul: “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: Jehovah hath sought him a man after his own heart, and Jehovah hath appointed him to be prince over his people, because thou hast not kept that which Jehovah commanded thee.” (1Samuel 13:14).

God knowing the heart of David, made those sure and lasting promises of the blessings of the Messiah. God knew beforehand what His own plan was—that through this “Son of David” He would know others who were His: “… according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.” (1Peter 1:2).

What Do We Learn About the Faithfulness of God?

God keeps His promises: “… but when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5).

Just because some Jews had no faith in Jesus, did it make God less faithful? Paul, in the Spirit, says “No!”: “For what if some were without faith? shall their want of faith make of none effect the faithfulness of God?” (Romans 3:3).

What Do We Learn About the Glory of the Kingdom?

We know God kept His promise to David that his seed would sit on the throne. We know God keeps all of His promises. On this basis, we have hope. We can know the extent of this kingdom of the Son of David: “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:32-33).

Indeed, we preach Jesus, the Son of David, who sits on the promised throne, who has the name above all names (Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9), whose kingdom will have no end (Daniel 7:27).

— S. Scott Richardson Sr.

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