I’m working on a study into the titles of Jesus. We were recently given a Holman Christian Standard Bible as a gift, and I noticed that in the back they have a nice list of all the titles of Jesus, along with Scriptural references. This seemed like a nice easy way to do a general overview study, so I launched into it.
Along the way, there were a few titles that didn’t really make sense. It seemed that in some cases what was an obvious analogy or poetic phrase was somehow being perceived as title for Jesus. Well, whatever, no big deal.
Then tonight I came across a “title” that really stunned me. “David their King.” I was admittedly going through the list kind of mindlessly and didn’t think about it until I actually pulled up the scriptural reference.
Jer 30:8 ‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’ Says the Lord of hosts, ‘That I will break his yoke from your neck, And will burst your bonds; Foreigners shall no more enslave them.
Jer 30:9 But they shall serve the Lord their God, And David their king, Whom I will raise up for them.
Wait, what? I thought that said David their king. You know, as in, David. The king.
The other references were:
Eze 37:24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.
Hos 3:5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days.
Um, I’m pretty sure those all say David, and are in no way using “David” as a title of Jesus. Why would someone think that David=Jesus?
I brought it up with Charlie, and he explained to me that when the premise of your faith is that Christianity is all about Jesus saving you from hell, you have to explain a lot of things away. Why would David be “raised up” if he’s already in heaven? Allegory, nice stories, etc.
But why would you believe that? The scriptures plainly describe that David the king is going to be resurrected, and will become king. And just in case there was a need for any further clarification:
Act 2:29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.
Act 2:34 For David did not ascend into the heavens…
It just makes me crazy to think that even something as small, simple and obvious as this could be misconstrued.
Isa 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.