In Matthew Jesus is the Son of David, The Son of God, and The Son of Man. Son of Man was deliberately ambiguous, Jesus was able to mold the phrase into whatever he wanted it to mean. Although it was used in the Old Testament (Dan 7) to refer to a glorious ruler Jesus used it to mold a picture of who the Anointed One of God would be. Increasingly through Matthew, Jesus reveals that the Son of Man is a transcendent character. He shows more and more authority over people and the environment. Demons obey him.
Son of God is a title taken carefully and subtly by Jesus. He often comes at it indirectly by calling God his Father. The NIV Aplication commentary points out that jesus calls God his Father 23 times.
Son of David brings to mind a promised figure who would return to David’s throne.
- What are some of the titles that Jesus is given in Matthew?
- Why is Jesus given these titles?
- How would Jewish people react to Jesus’ claims about himself?
- What titles would you give Jesus?
- How do these titles fold into Jesus’ right to be Lord of your life?