“The Lord says to my lord: ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’ The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, ‘Rule in the midst of your enemies!’Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb.” Psalm 110:1-3
David wrote this and centuries later the Pharisees kept watching Jesus and questioning Him. In Matthew 22 we have the account of Jesus asking the Pharisees a number of questions. “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is He?”
The religious leaders came back with the correct biblical answer. “David’s.”
It had been prophesied that the Messiah, the Christ, would be a son, an heir, of David.
So far so good. Jesus asked an easy question and they answered right from the Scripture.
Then Jesus asked them this. “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord’?” Jesus then went on to quote this passage from Psalm 110 and then came back with yet another question, “So if David calls Him ‘Lord,’ how can He be David’s son?”
These were not such easy questions. Matthew 22 tells us that they couldn’t answer. It was an enigma that King David would refer to his heir as ‘Lord’. Jesus wanted them to ponder it. Most of them were angered by it. But then again, they were angered by almost everything Jesus did. They couldn’t fit Him into their thinking so they rejected Him.
Neither can we fit Jesus into our thinking. We instead need to fit into His. In this passage from the psalm, He is the heir, but He is also the Lord. After all He is Lord of Lords.
Lord, You are the heir of David and yet You are Lord of the universe. You rule over all and yet You know me by name. Thank You.