David’s Greatest Son


TABLETALK DEVOTIONS WITH RC SPROUL

David’s Greatest Son
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Matthew 12:22–23 “All the people were amazed, and
said, ‘Can this be the Son
of David?’” (v. 23).

Jesus warns the people
not to spread the news of His healing miracles in order
to keep His identity
from being disclosed too soon (Matt. 9:27–31; 12:15–16),
but He does not tell
them they are wrong to call Him the son of David — the
Messiah. Our Savior
does not yet proclaim Himself as the Messiah publicly, but
neither does He
correct those who see that He is the Christ.

Today’s passage reveals that
Jesus’ healings and exorcisms prompt many to see
Him as the son of David (vv.
22–23). A study of this title will help us
understand why this is the case,
and it will give us more insight into
Christ’s role.

David was the
greatest king of ancient Israel. However, the idea of a ruler
does not
originate with the birth of David, for the necessity of kingship goes
all the
way back to creation itself. In fact, God commanded mankind to
exercise
dominion over the earth, thus glorifying its Creator (Gen. 1:26–28).
Adam,
and in him all humanity, failed at this task, but our Creator did not
remove
from us the task of righteous dominion. Still, after the fall, God
decreed
that rule would belong to the seed of the woman — a sanctified people
chosen
by Him (3:14–15).

God then revealed that those who would reign would be
Abraham’s seed,
specifically, those who love God above all else (Gen.
17:1–21). This people —
the Israel of God — would be governed by a king
called to lead the people in
holiness, representing them before the Lord
(Deut. 17:14–20). The purpose for
man would be realized in this king, who
would then share his rule with God’s
people.

David’s line was chosen
to hold the office of king. The Lord promised to be
with David forever, to
defeat the king’s enemies with His mighty arm and to
set one of David’s sons
over the world. But God also promised in His covenant
with David to
discipline the kingly line, to pour His wrath upon David’s sons
for their
sins and the sins Israel committed in imitation of them (2 Sam.
7:1–17; Isa.
53).

Jesus’ miracles demonstrate the presence of the Father’s mighty arm;
thus, the
people recognize that He is the son of David who will rule the
nations. But
they fail so far to remember that the Messiah must first suffer
vicariously
for the sins of David’s line and the sins of His people before He
ascends the
throne.

Coram deo: Living before the face of
God
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Righteous dominion over the
earth is given to all of God’s people. We cannot
make all things serve the
Lord by our own efforts, but Christ has come to die
for our sins and fulfill
God’s purpose for mankind so that in Him we can find
strength to pursue this
task of exercising dominion. Lean on Jesus this day
and do all things to the
glory of God. Encourage others to see how they can
serve the Lord at home, in
the workplace, and in the church.

For further study:

1 Chron.
17:16–27

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