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Hosanna To The Son Of David
by Wayne Blank
They say unto 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, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions." (Matthew 22:41-46 KJV)
"Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord"
The people of Judah have long-awaited the "Messiah, son of David" (as translated from the Hebrew), however to this day non-Christian Jews still believe that the Messiah will not be supernatural. They correctly believe that He will be a descendant of David, that He will be the King of Israel, that He will gather the people of Israel and Judah from around the earth where they have been scattered (see The Gathering of Israel and Judah) and that He will bring peace to the earth (see the Fact Finder question below), but they incorrectly believe that He will accomplish it as a mortal human king - something that no mere human king, president or prime minister has, or ever will have, the power to do.
That short-sighted human view of the Messiah was the point of Jesus' asking the question that He did, as quoted above. If the Messiah was merely a physical descendant of King David, why would David call Him "Lord"? The Pharisees that He was talking to couldn't, or wouldn't, answer the question - although some Pharisees later became Christians e.g. Nicodemus, to whom Jesus gave the very famous, and very often misunderstood "born again" teaching (see "That which is born of the Spirit is spirit") and the apostle Paul who continued to refer to himself as a Pharisee as he was writing what became much of the Christian New Testament (see Paul's Ministry).
That is not to say that many people of Judah didn't recognize the truth about how the Messiah would come about and accomplish His prophesied purpose. They surely did. They recognized His physical descent from David and His miraculous power.
"And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land. And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us." (Matthew 9:26-27 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why is Jesus Christ called the Prince of Peace? How will Christ bring peace to the earth?