Were David and Jesus related? There are more than 1,200 references to Jesus in the New Testament. Documentation of his life and his message and mission may be found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John found in the New Testament.
1 John 4:15 KJV
“Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 KJV
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we are comforted of God.”
You may have come across multiple accounts that explain how Jesus was David’s son. What was the point of making this reference? Who exactly was this, David? And what is the relation between David and Jesus?
David was the youngest of the eight kids his father Jesse had. Jesse was an Israelite shepherd and farmer from the tribe of Judah. The youngest of his brothers was David. David may have spent a significant deal of his youth tending to his family’s flock.
While Saul was still in power, the prophet Samuel once summoned David from the fields and crowned him king of Israel. David was the first king of Israel to be legitimately crowned, and God had given him the promise that his throne would last until the end of time.
2 Samuel 7:12-13
“When your days are over, and you rest with your fathers, I will raise your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”
The son of David. The privilege of holding this title, which is both humbling and significant, has been given to our Lord Jesus Christ.
A simple-sounding name conceals a puzzling secret waiting to be discovered.
There had been numerous prophecies declaring Jesus to be the promised Messiah descended from David’s lineage. Let’s look at a few.
“A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his root, a branch will bear fruit.”
“The days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will raise to David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days, Judah will be saved, and Israel will lie in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: the Lord our righteousness.”
“For to us, a child is born, to us, a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace, there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
“In those days and at that time, I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the and”
“He will be great, and he will be called the son of the highest; the Lord God will give him the throne of his Father David.”
As a result, Jesus is called to as the Son of David because, in His human form, He is a direct descendant of the family of David, thereby making Him the one who fulfills the prophecy found in the Old Testament.
God promised David that He would build an eternal throne in the line of David’s descendants and that this throne would never be overturned. As a result, the appellation “Son of David” was seen to be messianic. Jesus brought this matter to the attention of the leaders of the religious establishment.
“What do you think about the Christ Whose a son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him Lord? For he says, “The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on, no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.
Seeing what was ahead, they spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay. God has raised Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of this fact. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, The Lord said to my Lord: sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.
In light of this, we recognize Jesus as the Messiah, the Lord Sovereign, and the King. He is also the God of David, yet he appeared on earth in the shape of a person and descended from the house of David.
Our Final Thoughts
Our final thoughts on the “David and Jesus” debate are that it was promised to David that one of his descendants would rule forever. Jesus was referred to as the “Son of David” while on earth. He was born in Bethlehem, the city of David. Six times, according to the book of Matthew, diverse individuals recognized Jesus as the son of David.
This is the title of the Messiah. Jesus never denied that he was David’s son. In reality, Jesus received the acclaim and worship of the people on Palm Sunday.