Wednesday, April 04, 2012

A to Z: D is for the seed of David

D is for the seed of David

Jesus is called in the bible the seed or descendant of David.

  (Romans 1:1-6 ESV)  "Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,"
   (Matthew 1:1 ESV) The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

There are multiple other places in the new testament where Jesus is referred to as the son of David. 

You may ask "Why is it so important that Jesus be a descendant of David? 

The reason is because in the old testament God promised David and heir who would reign forever. This heir would be a descendent of David as well as the son of God.

(2 Samuel 7:11-17 ESV)   Moreover, the LORD declares to you that the LORD will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.
This is so important because if Jesus truly is the son of God and the descendant of David, that makes him the fulfillment of the prophecy and promise to David. This makes Jesus the promised Messiah for Jews and gentiles.

(Mark 12:35-37 ESV)    And as Jesus taught in the temple, he said, “How can the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, in the Holy Spirit, declared,
    “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
    “Sit at my right hand,
        until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
    David himself calls him Lord. So how is he his son?” And the great throng heard him gladly.

Jesus in the above verse is claiming himself to be a fulfillment of that prophecy.

Take time yourself to look in the old and new testament to find where it talks about the Messiah and Jesus the son of David.

Have a great Wednesday!!!
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