The Son of David

David Bast

READ : Matthew 1:1
Romans 1:1-7

“ . . . Jesus Christ, the son of David . . .” (Matthew 1:1)

At the outset of his gospel Matthew draws special attention to Jesus’ descent from King David, just as the apostle Paul does at the beginning of his letter to the Romans (Romans 1:3). King Herod was very sensitive about the fact that he was not from the house of David. How enraged he would have been to see Jesus’ royal family tree!

If, as Matthew records, Jesus Christ is the son of David, the son of Abraham, then he is the fulfillment of the greatest of all God’s promises. When God called Abraham, he promised: “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you . . . and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3). As time went on that promise was focused upon David and his line. “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots” (Isaiah 11:1). And the fulfillment of the promise came at last with the birth of great David’s greater son, Jesus.

God always keeps his word. We may forget his promises or lose hope in them, but God never forgets; if he says something, it will come to pass. “Christians should remember this . . . Their Father in heaven will be true to all his engagements” (J. C. Ryle).


God, we praise you as the great Promise Keeper.