Family Bible Study:‘The Pharisees were gathered together. Jesus asked them, “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. He said to them, “Then why does David call him ‘Lord’? The Holy Spirit spoke through David himself. David said, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your control.” ’ (Psalm 110:1) So if David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be David’s son?” No one could give any answer to him. From that day on, no one dared to ask him any more questions.’ Matthew 22:41-46 https://my.bible.com/bible/110/MAT.22.41-46
- Let’s read the scripture for today, who wants to read?
- The last few bible studies, we’ve read that the religious people were asking Jesus questions, what’s different about this passage?
- Did you know that God promised David that God’s savior (the Messiah) would be one of his descendants (PARENTS NOTE: you may need to explain this word)? Let’s look up some scriptures that tell us about that, 2 Samuel 7:12–16; Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 23:5–6 (PARENTS NOTE: use this activity to help your kids learn how to use their Bibles, show them where the table of contents is at, help them learn to find bible passages on their own. If you have multiple kids, you can split up these passages for each one to read)
- What are some things we learn from these passages about who Jesus, the Messiah, will be? (EXAMPLES: He will be a King, He will build a house for God (we know that the temple of God is His people – Jesus established the church, people, as His new temple), He will reign forever, His branches will bear fruit (John 15 Jesus says we are His branches), He will be righteous (do right things), He will be wise, He will save)
- So, back in Matthew, Jesus asks them the question, “Whose Son will the Messiah be”, and what is the answer the Pharisees give?
- Then Jesus asks them the hard question, if David called his Son, “Lord,” how can he be David’s Son. Do you know what the word Lord means? (PARENTS NOTE: the word Lord can refer to either a King or to God – it is a word showing that someone has authority over the other person.)
- What is the answer to Jesus’ question? (PARENTS NOTE: the Pharisees couldn’t answer the question, this actually shut them up completely – but we know that the answer is that God humbled himself (see Philippians 2) and came to earth as a human – David’s descendant, Jesus. He is David’s Lord because He is both David’s Son and David’s God.)
- SAY: The Pharisees missed Jesus because He wasn’t what they were thought He should be. As you get older, you are going to learn more things and there are going to be some things that challenge your faith. We don’t need to be scared about this, but it does mean that some times the things we thought about Jesus need to grow so we can see Him for who He truly is. Jesus is both a King and a friend, He is wise, strong, kind, and a million other things. I hope that we, as a family, will keep learning more and more about who Jesus is – for the rest of our lives!
- Take time to thank Jesus for coming to save us, thank Him for being a wise, kind King who loves us so much! Ask Him to help us to keep learning more about Him.