If David Calleth Him Lord, How is He His Son?

 Understanding Matt. 22:41-45 (If David Calleth Him Lord, How is He His Son?)

The scribes and Pharisees were perplexed at the idea of Christ calling himself the Son of the Most High. They would often question Christ’s authority by asking him things such as, by who’s authority doest thou these things (Matt. 21:23, Mark 11:27-28). It is this constant argument which led Christ to making the following statement:

“He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?” (Matt. 22:43-45)

What was Christ saying? Was he stating that David was not his father? Let us now examine the full story to gain the complete sense of what was being said.

Matt. 22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Matt.22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The Son of David. Matt. 22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,Matt. 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? Matt. 22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? Matt.22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Another account of this story can be found in Luke 20:

Luke 20:41 And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David’s son? Luke 20:42 And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Luke 20:43 Till I make thine enemies thy footstool. Luke 20:44 David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?

In order to fully understand what Christ is saying, we must focus on the premise of the argument. The premise of the argument is to prove that Christ’s authority is from on heaven and not from man. The scribes and Pharisees being carnal, didn’t realize that even though Christ came from the seed of David, David himself honored Christ as his Lord:

Psa. 110:1 [[A Psalm of David.]] The LORD (the Lord being referred to here is the Most High) said unto my Lord (the Lord being referred to here is Christ), Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool. 

David acknowledged the order of Christ being his head (1Cor. 11:3) and by doing so honored him as Lord. Is Christ saying that David is not his father in the flesh? Absolutely not:

Rev. 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

The prophecies of solidify the fact that Christ would come through the loins of David (Isa.11:1;10, Jer. 23:5-6, Ezek. 37:24-25, Luke 1:32-33, Acts 2:29-30). This is not the argument. What Christ was doing was showing that his authority came from on high and not from David. Neither did he come on earth to perform the will of David. His mission was dedicated to the Most High who was his Father from the beginning.

John 5:30 In order to fully understand what Christ was saying, we must focus on the premise of the argument. The premise of the argument is to prove that Christ’s authority is from on heaven and not from man.

John 6:38 For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

This is similar to another argument that Christ had with scribes and Pharisees concerning his authority. Only this time, Abraham is used as an example:

John 8:50 And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth. John 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.

Christ is once again showing us that he’s the one. If a man keep his sayings not, Abraham’s or David’s sayings, will recieve everlasting life (This doesn’t diminish that the likes of Abraham and Davidwere righteous men. But as Christ will explain, though Abraham was his father in the flesh, Abraham himself desired to see the day of Christ and honored him as Lord).

John 8:52 Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. John 8:53Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself?

What they couldn’t understand was that Abraham and the prophets all prophesied of Christ and that he was Lord of them all. Christ didn’t make himself a Prophet or the Son of the Most High. As the scripture saith, everything he recieved was given him of the Father:

John 8:54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: John 8:55 Yet ye have not known him;but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.

As David was shown the glory of Christ through Spirit, Abraham was shown the same the thing. In fact, the offering of his son Isaac was a similitude of what the Most High would do with His Son. The scribes and Pharisees once again couldn’t understand this and sought to try to confound Christ.

John 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Before Abraham was, Christ existed and was already being reverenced as the Son of the Most High. As we can see, this example further reveals the true understanding of Matt. 22 concerning Christ being the Lord of David opposed to his son.

Did he proceed from David? Yes.

Was David his Father according to the Spirit? No

Did He come to do the will of David? No

Did David himself honor Christ as Lord?  Yes

May the Most High Be With You All,

Shalam

2014-04-20T06:46:32+00:00

8 Comments

  1. Lisa Johnson
    Lisa Johnson December 7, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Wow I was stuck in the scriptures for two weeks trying to figure out Matthew 22:45, I knew I could probably get the answer from GOCC but I didn’t want to go the easy route I wanted to have the answer then see if what I had would coincide with the answer GOCC had. Praise The Most High , through The Holy Spirit I got it this morning and the key word Yashaya used was spirit! David was not Yashaya father according to the spirit but according to the flesh David was Yashaya father. Thank you so much GOCC you did lay the explanation as to why Yashaya asked the scribes that question which made a lot of sense! I thank The Most High for GOCC because there is a orderly spirit you bring with thoughts about scriptures.

  2. Dahlia Wright
    Dahlia Wright January 20, 2015 at 2:51 am

    Thank you for all the teachings! I do want to follow TMH closer & hear Him ckearly!
    Blessings!

  3. Tommiebattie
    Tommiebattie December 25, 2014 at 4:22 am

    How does a new believer, handle the holidays, while all family members are celebrating?

  4. Kim Davis
    Kim Davis September 4, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    One of the best breakdowns of Christ (with scripture references)and his role with man and His position with the Most high, Ahayah, Shalom!

  5. Charles Tasher
    Charles Tasher September 2, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    rightfully said my brother jesus came to do the will god not man

  6. Shelby Pate
    Shelby Pate August 29, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for clarifying this

  7. Patricia Gates
    Patricia Gates July 22, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    The simple breakdown of Christ being born of man coming into the world through the line of David, but sent by the Most High to do the will of the Most High not man; was exceptionally explained.
    Thank you

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