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David=David vs. David=Jesus. March 27, 2008

Filed under: The Truth — Annette @ 8:20 pm

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.


One Response to “David=David vs. David=Jesus.”

  1. rakkav Says:

    Yeah, I know I’m coming in late. Take a look at what Edward Gibbon said on this topic. The original belief in the literal resurrection and the literal Kingdom of God literally ruling on earth for 1000 years was explained away (as allegory) and then thrown away (as heresy) step by step. That’s a big thing, however simple and obvious. David’s personal resurrection is just part of what was cast aside.

    There’s no limit to what people can ignore if they are determined to do so (or if they’re deceived by argument from authority, “doublethink”, etc. from those who are). I recall reading one atheist’s statement that he would sooner believe he was insane than take at face value unexplainable miracles wrought (say, by Jesus Christ) right before his eyes.

    God through Ezekiel says at least four times that He will open Israel’s graves, yet many “students of prophecy” refuse to take that at face value. They think it means Israel’s return to the land. But again, that plainly happens after the resurrection! Granted that the time order (no doubt by God’s design) is potentially confusing, most people still are steeped in the heaven-hell paradigm and can’t consider any other options.

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