King David’s Descendant and Lord

Mark 12: 35-37
Tb 11:5-15 / Ps 146:1-2,6-10

Halleluiah! Praise the Lord, my soul; I shall praise the Lord all my life, sing praise to my God while I live.
(Psalm 146:1-2)

Christ is the Lord of creation,
All our troubles put under His care;
Be brave, fear no tribulation,
In Jesus have hope, don’t despair.

As Jesus was teaching in the temple area, He said, “How do the scribes claim that the Messiah is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet.’ David himself calls him ‘lord’; so how is he his son?” Jesus was not denying His lineage from King David, but by citing Psalm 110:1, He was indicating to the Jews that He was indeed the Messiah and the Lord of King David.

Reflection

Among all of Israel’s leaders, King David was the closest to God’s heart. He was not only a great and fearless leader, but his faith in God was unequivocal. His writings were prophetic, constantly inspired by the Holy Spirit, and he became a great writer of the Book of Psalms. These inspired writings were sacred to all the Jews, and even Jesus referred to them on several occasions to prove His divinity and kingship.

For all his divine favors and blessings of wisdom, power and wealth, King David still fell into a grave sin when he lusted for Bathsheba, who was another man’s wife. He not only committed adultery with her, but even plotted the death of her husband, who was a good and faithful soldier. God was greatly offended. And yet, inspite of this, God still forgave King David his grievous sins and saved him from destruction. All because David never lost hope, but put his complete faith in God’s compassion and forgiveness. This was why among all the kings of Israel, David was privileged to have a special place in God’s heart. Most of the Psalms are attributed to him because God gave him the wisdom, and the Holy Spirit the inspiration to write them down.

St. Paul attests to this grace from God in his letter to Timothy. He said, “All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that one who belongs to God may be competent, equipped for every good work” (2Tim.3:16-17). Inspite of his grievous sin, or perhaps because of it, King David made it all up to God by writing the Book of Psalms, which have inspired and benefitted millions of Christians thruout the ages.

Lord, You forgive even our most grievous sins, Your compassion surpasses Your righteousness. Wipe away all our offenses with Your Divine Mercy. Amen.

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