The Son of David vs Blind Bart

Preparation for the Communion Message
Sing “The Blind Man Stood by the Road”

Please note that this Communion can be done in a very interactive, discussion oriented fashion.

Introduction
Question: What terms does the Bible use to refer to Jesus?
[Lord, Teacher, Master, Son of Man, Prince of Peace, and many more]

Son of David
The term Son Of David is used throughout the Bible. In fact, there are 22 different people in the Bible that are referred to as the “Son of David”. The last one being Jesus (see Matthew 9:27).

Question: What do you think of when you think of Son of David?
[We most often think of King David’s lineage, the 14 generations]

Question: What did the Jews before Christ think when they thought of the Son of David?

Solomon
Question:
 Who was the greatest Son of David?
[Solomon]

Question: Why was Solomon considered to be great?
[He brought peace. He prayed for Wisdom. He built amazing monuments, especially the temple.]

Question: How did he achieve peace though?
[He intermarried with foreign countries. That is why he had hundreds of wives. An amazingly tactic – founded on worldly wisdom. In Deuteronomy 17, God warns the king of not accumulating wives (intermarrying to achieve peacd), chariots (the military “tanks” of the day) and wealth (often gained through oppression and heavy taxation).]

Question: He was also known for his great buildings/monuments. With what did he build them?
[He did it with oppression and heavy taxation. He embittered the people by heavily taxing them, especially Samaria in the north. He was the anti-Robin Hood. He stole from the poor to build his glorious temple. In fact, this was the beginning of the end -Isreal disolved into “the divided kingdoms” upon Solomon’s death. Yes, he was wise in a worldly way]

God’s Desire
Question:
 Let’s read Isaiah’s prophecy – and consider what kind of kingdom did God want David’s son to build.

Isaiah 9:6-7
 6 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.
 7 Of the increase 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.

Question: According to Isaiah, how would God establish and uphold the Kingdom?
[Justice and Righteousness.]

Question: Is this what Solomon did?
[No, he oppressed the  people. Yet the new Son of David would “use power purely”]

The True Son of David is a Servant [1]
Question:
 What single term does Isaiah use more than any to describe this new Son of David?
[“Servant”. We especially see this in Isaiah 42 and 53]

Matthew 9:27-31
As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed him, calling out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” When he had gone indoors, the blind men came to him, and he asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they replied. Then he touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith will it be done to you”; and their sight was restored. Jesus warned them sternly, “See that no one knows about this.” But they went out and spread the news about him all over that region.

Here, Jesus meets two blind men, one of them name Bartimaeus (see Mark 10:46-52). I like to call him “Blind Bart” – because it is easy for us to remember. Sounds a bit like a western movie.

Question: What was Jesus’ motive here? Was it possibly evangelism?
[It couldn’t be. He told them not to go out and tell people. (Unless we thiink of Jesus as a “Reverse Psychologist” – which would be completely inconsistent with everything else we know about him.)]

He really cared about simply helping these men.

Period.

In fact, in Mark 10, Jesus even credits Blind Bart for the miracle: “Your faith has healed you“.

He cares about how Bart feels – about himself.

That is the REAL son of David!

He cares about (a) your healing and (b) cheering you up.

He is YOUR servant.

Now that is a Leader I can buy into!

Upward Call
In John 13, Peter refuses to allow Jesus to serve him. Yet Jesus demands that Peter accepts Jesus as his servant.

How does that sit with you? Will you let Jesus serve you? Are you willing to view him as YOUR servant? How can you tell? Take a look at your own emotions right now? Are you feeling comforted, or are you feeling uncomfortable or put off? I urge you to “cheer up” at the fact that Jesus is YOUR servant. And let your own service be fueled by that “cheerful conviction”.

Prayer for Bread and Wine

 

Reference
[1]  Rob Bell and Don Golden, Jesus Wants To Save Christians (Zondervan, 2008), 68-69

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Sorry for the lack of “soul” in this video. This was the best version I could find. Hopefully someone will eventually post a slower, more moving gospel version that I can use.

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