24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 14 – How Is He Then His Son?

Gustav Dore - Sermon on the Mount

Gustav Dore – Sermon on the Mount

Psalm 110

The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” – Psalm 110:1

The Messiah was called the Son of David because, as we have seen, God promised that a descendant of David would have an everlasting reign (2 Samuel 7). At the time of Jesus, this was readily understood because of the testimony of the prophets who confirmed this anticipation for a ruler to come from the line of David.

But why would David write, “The LORD said to my Lord” in this Psalm? That is exactly the question Jesus asked on one occasion:

Mark 12:35-37

Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ [Messiah] is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Spirit:

‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”’

Therefore David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?”

Good question. People readily believed that the Messiah would be a man, a physical descendant of David. But what Jesus was asking was whether they understood that the Messiah would also be the Son of God. You see, for the LORD (Yahweh) to say to “my Lord” (Adonai), “sit at my right hand” would mean that this Adonai would have the same authority and speak and act on his behalf.

Yahweh said, “you shall have no other God’s before me” (Exodus 20:3) and also said he would himself be Israel’s savior: “I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.” (Isaiah 43:11); “I, the Lord, am your Savior, And your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob” (Isaiah 49:25)

The Hebrew scriptures testify that the promised one, the Messiah, the Son of David would also be the LORD in the flesh: Immanuel – God With Us.

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. – Isaiah 7:14

Hymn: Immanuel

Michael Card

A sign shall be given
A virgin will conceive
A human baby bearing
Undiminished deity
The glory of the nations
A light for all to see
That hope for all who will embrace
His warm reality

Immanuel
Our God is with us
And if God is with us
Who could stand against us
Our God is with us
Immanuel

For all those who live in the shadow of death
A glorious light has dawned
For all those who stumble in the darkness
Behold your light has come

So what will be your answer?
Will you hear the call?
Of Him who did not spare His son
But gave him for us all
On earth there is no power
There is no depth or height
That could ever separate us
From the love of God in Christ

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