Monday, May 2, 2011

Making sense of the Scriptures

Matt 22:41-46a "Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said to him, "The son of David."He said to them, "How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,  The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet'? If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?"And no one was able to answer him a word"
Mark 12:37b And the great throng heard him gladly.

The law of non-contradiction is fundamental to all logic and reason. A thing can only be one thing- itself. 
In other words, I can't say God takes pleasure in the death of the wicked and then say God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked and have the word pleasure mean the same thing in both cases.
The Pharisees knew this, which causes the car crash for them in this text.  How can the Messiah be the son of David, and therefore be below him, yet be called Lord, and therefore be above him at the same time?

On this side of the cross it's easy to figure out, Jesus, being God is David's lord, but descendent both physically and by right.  All of this is dreadfully obvious, but the conclusion of the matter is somehow not: without Christ at the center of the Bible the scriptures make no sense.  He is at the center of every text, to take Him out of it is to make the Scriptures incomprehensible. 
He is it's center.

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