His enemies are His footstool
‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’? Matthew 22:44
I’m struggling with this one, in fact I have been struggling for days. It’s the reason why I haven’t written a message of encouragement this week. So I am going to discuss this portion of Matthew 22 with you and please comment if you can provide insight to the questions and context.
In the last section of Matthew 22, Jesus poses a question to the Pharisees that were gathered together at that time. He asked them what their thoughts were about the Messiah and whose Son is He? I think the right answer is He is the Son of God. However, the Pharisees answer Him from the scriptural and genealogy perspective. They say He is the Son of David. So then Jesus quotes a portion of scripture that is originally from Psalms 110, but also shows up many times in the New Testament after Jesus ascended into heaven. He quotes that David wrote about the Christ that the LORD said to David’s Lord (the Messiah) Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool. Then He asked the Pharisees if David calls the Messiah Lord, how can He (the Messiah) be David’s Son?
If Jesus was trying to silence the Pharisees, He accomplished what He set out to do. He also insulted them because He basically said that if you are My enemy, you will be made My footstool. Then He gave them the picture that HE would sit at His Father’s right hand. Another reason why they hated Him.
Mostly, I believe He wanted to let them know that the Messiah/Christ was indeed the Son of God and not just a man born from the line of David. He was declaring His Lordship to them and letting them know that if they take the side with His enemies, they would be put under His feet.
This is contrasted with who we are today as Christians, Believers and Children of God. Ephesians 2:6 says we sit together with Him in heavenly places. We are not under His feet, but we are, as His body, under His head. He is the head of the church the body of the anointed Christ and as the head, He directs and moves the body to complete the mission we have been placed here to walk out. We don’t always get it perfect, but the message of the gospel has successfully survived for 2000 years as His Spirit has given utterance to spread the good news.
So I guess my encouragement today is if you are a part of His body, the body of believers in the world today, then get in line with His plans for the role you play in the days we are living. Step away from the distractions of this world and begin to make His Word, His heart and worship your priority. Join together with the rest of the body to lead the lost ones to the knowledge of salvation in Christ Jesus and use your gifts and talents to invest in your eternal future by serving others in love. If you do not know Him personally, then start that conversation today. Invite Jesus into your life and world by praying this short prayer right now:
God in heaven, I know I’m a sinner and I need a Savior. I want to turn away from my sinful life to the life You have planned for me. Please forgive my sins, cleanse me from my past, and make me new. I know Your Son, Jesus died for me. I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead. At this very moment, I accept, confess, and proclaim Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior . . . to be Lord of my life from this day forward. I now have a right relationship with God my Father through this salvation in Jesus. I thank You for giving me Your Holy Spirit to guide me and to empower me to do the things that You have planned for my life in Jesus’ name, Amen
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 22:41-46
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “The Son of David.”
43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:
44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool” ’?
45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”
46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.