Jesus asked those sent to spy on Him a question. If the Messiah was King David’s son, as the Scripture had prophesied, then why would David refer to Him as Lord?
“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: “The Lord said to my Lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’” David calls him “Lord.” How then can he be his son?’ While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.’” Luke 20:41-47
Jesus’ question was a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, covered with a puzzle. How could the son also be the Lord? It was met with silence, no answer from those who thought they had such crafty questions. They were unable to wrap their limited finite thinking around infinite truth.
Here’s the thing, God’s infinite truth does not require man’s understanding in order to be true. God’s truth stands just fine all on its own. Yes, the Messiah would be David’s descendant. He was born in the line of the kings of Israel. He was even born in the birthplace of King David, Bethlehem. But the Messiah would also be, for time and eternity, King David’s Lord. In fact, He was and is and will continue to be, Lord of all, forever and ever. The Messiah is not only the Son of Man, but also the Son of God.
Eventually some of the Jews would grasp the meaning. The ones, who really sought to know, would come to understand. God’s Word is like that.
It may at first seem like a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, covered with a puzzle, but He is the answer key to all of it. He is standing in the shadows of every verse. Look for Him.
Jesus issued a warning about these religious leaders. “Beware!” These men loved their long flowing robes. They loved the salutations in the marketplace. They loved that they got the best seats in the synagogues. They loved the fringe benefits of the job, but they didn’t love the Lord or His people. Their hearts were far from the love of God. The scribes would snatch up widows’ houses and in the same breath utter pretentious prayers.