Matthew 22:43-46 – He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, 44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” ‘ 45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions. NIV
The day of questions in the Temple continues between Jesus and the religious leaders. Jesus has just established the fact that the Messiah would be born from the line of King David. Now He goes on to ask questions revolving about David’s words in Psalm 110. This Psalm deals with the succession of kings in David’s line and, also, had been commonly accepted by most Jews as a Psalm referring to the promised Messiah. As Jesus quotes the first line of this Psalm, which literally says: “Yahweh (The Lord) said to my Adonai (Lord) …” God is saying to someone David calls “Lord” to sit at His right hand as the one who carries out God’s orders.
Reading the remainder of the Psalm, one sees that God (Yahweh) grants this person the strength to rule in the midst of His enemies, the priesthood according to the order of Melchizedek, and ultimate victory over the rules of this earth. Jesus asks: “If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” By doing this Jesus is pointing out a mystery: How could this person be both or the line of David and someone whom David calls “Lord” sitting at God’s right hand? Those listening didn’t have a reply. They couldn’t figure out the mystery. It reminds me of God asking questions of Job.
From a New Testament perspective we know that the answer lies in the Incarnation. Jesus, the second Person of the Trinity laid aside His divine attributes and became flesh and pitched that “earthly tent” in our midst for about 33 years. We still may not fully comprehend all that may mean or how it was done; but we know that if God fulfilled the first part of the prophecies about the Messiah, that He will fulfill the remainder in His time.
How can I best prepare for that time?