J.C. Ryle: “Publicly proved ignorant of that which he fancies is his own peculiar department of knowledge.”


But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David’s son? For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.’

David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?” —Luke 20:41-44

 J.C.Ryle comments:

Let us observe in this passage, what striking testimony to Christ’s divinity the book of Psalms contains.We read that after patiently replying to the attacks of His enemies, our Lord in turn propounds a question to them. He asks them to explain an expression in the hundred and tenth Psalm, where David speaks of the Messiah as his Lord. To this question the Scribes could find no answer.

They did not see the mighty truth, that Messiah was to be God as well as man, and that while as man He was to be David’s son, as God He was to be David’s Lord. Their ignorance of Scripture was thus exposed before all the people. Professing themselves to be instructors of others and possessors of the key of knowledge, they were proved unable to explain what their own Scriptures contained. We may well believe that of all the defeats which our Lord’s malicious enemies met with, none galled them more than this. Nothing so abashes the pride of man, as to be publicly proved ignorant of that which he fancies is his own peculiar department of knowledge.

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