"And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him crying, and saying, Thou Son of David, have mercy on us."
If we are to reconcile with the Jews we, as Christians, would have to understand the honor that they feel for King David. Despite his grievous sins, under David Israel reached it's golden age, the zenith of it's power.
"Perhaps Jesus, in His office of Messiah, is constantly tied into David and his reign because David did three things for temporal Israel that typify what Christ will do for spiritual Israel. David united the twelve tribes of Israel into one nation under the ultimate leadership of God. For the first time in history David succeeded in winning the whole extent of the promised land for the covenant people. And David established Zion or Jerusalem as the spiritual and political center of Israel."
The royal lineage of Jesus is established early in the Gospel of Matthew. He was born through Mary through the roots of King David and Abraham. He was literally the Son of David. Jehovah, the God in the Old Testament loved David. He brought him before Samuel the prophet and made him King by design. He continued to sustain him through his mistakes. The consequences were just but, He loved his repentant heart. He never cut his ties to that relationship.
"While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say to him, The son of David. He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son? And no man was able to answer him a word."
Here Jesus is teaching a monumental truth. He was Jehovah of the Old Testament. He was the Lord that David was calling. In a Messianic prophecy Jehovah was referring to his coming role as the Messiah. Jesus the Messiah was both Lord of David and descendant of David.
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