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Scripture reading for March 31st: Luke 20
The week before Jesus’ last Passover, He went into the temple and was questioned by the religious leaders. They were trying to trap Him so that they could have an excuse to kill Him. They had already decided to do it, but were looking for the right opportunity. As they asked Him questions, He answered them with such skill as to silence them. (Luke 20:26, 40) Coincidentally, this was the same time that the Israelites were to be examining the Passover lambs that would be slain for their families!
Jesus then turned the tables on these leaders. He posed a question to them concerning the Messiah. “How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David? David himself declares in the Book of Psalms: ‘The Lord said to my Lord; “Sit at my right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for your feet.” David calls Him ‘Lord.’ How then can He be his son?” (Luke 20:41-44) The leaders were unable to answer His question. Jesus used the Old Testament Scriptures to show that the Messiah was also David’s Lord!
“While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”” (Luke 20:45-47) Jesus knew the hypocrisy of the religious leaders. He spoke plainly to His disciples warning them. He also warned the people who would soon be tested as well. The Son of David was Lord of all!