Start with Posture of Silence and Solitude (2 minutes)
Read Scripture: Luke 20:41-47 Whose Son Is the Messiah?
Then Jesus said to them, “Why is it said that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself declares in the Book of Psalms:
“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.”’
David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”
Warning Against the Teachers of the Law
While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”
Here Jesus quotes Psalm 110 to show that David knew that the Messiah would be both human and divine. The Pharisees didn’t understand this clearly. They remained baffled by Jesus’ identity. They knew he would be a descendant of David but they didn’t understand he would be God in the flesh.
The teachers of the law loved the benefits gained with their role and sometimes cheated these in their care to get more benefits. Benefits can be good but not as a way to gain rewards that are more important than doing their job faithfully.
Questions to ponder:
- How can we keep our identity in Jesus central in our lives?
- Given this passage, what is the best way for you to pray today?
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