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
- In introducing Jesus, Matthew links him with King David. Why is this connection important? Why should we see Jesus as the “son of David”?
- 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”?
- When you think of a king, what attributes come to mind?
- 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?
- As we go through the Christmas season, how can you embrace Jesus as king?