Monday Meditations: Son of David

Monday Meditations - Son of David

Son of David

And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David. Matthew 20:30

“O Lord, thou Son of David!” In this compellation consider why Christ is called the Son of David, never the son of Adam, never the son of Abraham. It is true He is called frequently the Son of man; but never when any prays to Him: and He is reckoned, in His genealogy, David’s son. Abraham’s son, the Son of Adam; but the Son of David is His ordinary style, when prayers are directed to Him in the days of His flesh. The reasons are, first, Christ had a special relation to Abraham, being his seed; but more special to David, because the covenant was in a special manner established with David, as a king, and the first king in whose hand the church, the feeding thereof as God’s own flock, was, as God’s deposit and pawn laid down. The Lord established the Covenant of Grace with David, and his son Solomon, who was to build him a house; and promised to him an eternal kingdom, and grace, and perseverance in grace, and that by a sure covenant, “the sure mercies of David” (Isa. 55:3; 2 Sam. 7:8-16; 1 Chron. 22:9, 10; 2 Sam. 23:5)…Now, it was necessary, that Christ the Messiah should lineally descend of a king: Abraham was not a king; Adam was not formally a king by covenant, as David was. Second, Christ changes names with David, as He never did with any man. Christ is never called Abraham; but “David my servant shall be a prince among them” (Ezek. 34:23-24). “They shall seek the Lord their God, and David their king” (Hosea 3:5).

*Excerpted from Daily Readings – The Puritans (Christian Heritage, 2012).

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