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December 15

Son of David

“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.” (Matthew 1:1)


“Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.” (Matthew 1:17)

Why does Matthew link Jesus with King David?

“Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” (2 Samuel 7:16)

Why is this important for us?

“But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.” (Matthew 2:6)

3 Ways a king is like a shepherd:

·      He leads

·      He provides

·      He protects

Discussion Questions


  1. In introducing Jesus, Matthew links him with King David. Why is this connection important? Why should we see Jesus as the “son of David”?
  2. According to Matthew, Jesus is a king who comes in an unconventional way. What are factors in our lives that can make it hard to see Jesus as “king”?
  3. When you think of a king, what attributes come to mind?
  4. Like David, Jesus is a shepherd-king. He comes to lead, to provide, and to protect. How do each of those three themes challenge and encourage you?
  5. As we go through the Christmas season, how can you embrace Jesus as king?