David’s Son Is Greater Than David

A father in ancient culture rarely payed great respect to his son.  He might admire his son.  He might lavish gifts on him.  However, a father would not often call his son ‘sir’, ‘master’, or ‘Lord’.  This is the theological puzzle that Jesus puts before the Pharisees. How can David call the future Messiah of Israel ‘Lord’.  If Jesus has inherited the throne of David (which Jesus has recently proved to be true), then he is more than just another in a line of kings.  Jesus is the Lord of even the great king David.

Luke 20:41-44 

41 Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David? 42 David himself declares in the Book of Psalms:

   “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
   “Sit at my right hand
43 until I make your enemies
   a footstool for your feet.”’[c]

   44 David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”


  1. What is Jesus’ initial question?
  2. From which Psalm does Jesus quote?
  3. What is the problem?
  4. How do different people treat Jesus as Lord today?
  5. How should Jesus be treated as Lord?

Going Deeper

Some people think that Jesus can be accepted as saviour and later as Lord.  Some people think that to be a Christian you must come to Jesus in humilty and acknowledge him as Lord.  The debate about this is called the Lordship Salvation debate.  Which side would you take?

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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