Son of David

Matthew 12: 22-23. “Then was brought unto Him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the Son of David?”

It would seem that Jesus had returned from withrawing Himself, and once again the Pharisees were observing His activities. Someone brought a man who was possessed of a demon, and he was both blind and mute. What a perfect picture of national Israel at this point. There were many among the people who believed Jesus was Who He said He was, but the religious establishment would not accept Him.

Once again, Jesus showed His Messianic power. He cast out the demon. Have you ever wondered what this must have looked like?  I found some really grotesque pictures of this. One had a hideous demon coming out of the man’s mouth. Another shows him completely surrounded by dark angels who are all snarling and gnashing their teeth.

I don’t think it was like that, at least not to the human watchers.  I believe they just saw this man, troubled by a demon, suddenly calm and able to see and to speak. Again, I imagine a solemn, quiet sense of awe as Jesus performed this miracle.  I don’t think anyone whistled or clapped or jumped up and down claiming high-fives from the others. To be in the presence of the Holy One is a solemn and awesome (in the truest sense of that misused word!) event. The people who were there, I am sure, never forgot what they had seen.

Is not this the Son of David?”  Notice that they did not say, “This IS the Son of David!”  The way the question was stated implies some shade of doubt. And what did they mean, anyway?

Those who knew the Old Testament prophecies knew that Messiah would come from the line of David.  Here’s a chart that shows how Jesus came from the line of David through both Mary and Joseph:

It’s a fascinating study to follow this lineage, which gives Jesus both the royal right and the  legal right to claim His place as Messiah. I’m sure there were Pharisees who knew full well what Jesus’ heritage was, and yet they refused to accept Him because He did not come as they hoped and expected He would.

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