Gospel – 6/4/21 – Mark 12:35-37
As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said,
“How do the scribes claim that the Christ is the son of David?
David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said:
The Lord said to my lord,
‘Sit at my right hand
until I place your enemies under your feet.
’David himself calls him ‘lord’;
so how is he his son?”
The great crowd heard this with delight.
Today, the crowd is delighting in Jesus taking the haughty scribes down a peg.
The scribes teach that the Messiah is the son of David but Jesus asks how that can be. After all, David himself had said that the Lord (God) said to my lord (my king). This would certainly seem to mean that the Messiah is greater than even David. It appears then, the scribes don’t really understand scripture as well as they put on.
The people take great delight because they aren’t enamored of the religious class. So to see these obnoxious blowhards taken down is quite a nice respite to those looking for something to say, “No one is better. We are all capable of mistakes.” No matter their educations, it seems simple lessons – misunderstanding can happen for all.
But Jesus hints at his divine status when he says the Lord has the lord sit at his right hand while God (the Father) subdues all the enemies of the Son.
It’s all there – in the little things.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…