Biblical Evidence of Deity: Mark 12:35-37
“35) And Jesus began to say, as He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the son of David? 36) David himself said in the Holy Spirit, ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Until I put Your enemies beneath Your feet.” ’ 37) David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; so in what sense is He his son?” And the large crowd enjoyed listening to Him.” Mark‬ ‭12‬:‭35‬-‭37‬ ‭
Many biblical mysteries are packed into the Old Testament. This is one of them. Jesus quoted David from Psalm 110:1; “The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”” David through prophetic insight given him by the Holy Spirit called the coming Christ by the title “Lord.” It is a title reserved for God.
In other words, David understood that one of His future descendants would be God Incarnate. The full Psalm is packed with more insight on the identity of the coming Messiah and His Kingdom. It is the biblical evidence of the claim of Jesus Christ to Deity.
Psalm 110:4 includes the detail that He would be a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. See Hebrews 5-7 where this full mystery is unpacked. This includes a claim to eternality.
The next verse in Psalm 110 says; “The Lord is at Thy right hand.” Compare this with Matthew 26:63-66. This is claim of being at the right hand of Power resulted in Jesus being accused of blasphemy, but none other than King David substantiated this claim. Revelation 5:11-14 is the ultimate fulfillment of this claim. (See also Acts 7:55)
Though Mark 12:35-37 sounds benign to the casual reader, it was explosive. This short exchange loaded the guns of His opponents with the ammunition for His condemnation of death. But in doing so, they denied the clear teaching of David and the Bible. They became willfully blind.
Theological bias is blinding. It contributed to the crucifixion of Jesus despite the clear teaching of the Bible. At this point Jesus could say or do nothing in His own defense. The entirety of His public ministry screamed of His identity. The religious leaders would soon scream back; “crucify Him.”
Daily Bible Commentary By Terry Baxter: Cofounder of GoServ Global

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