1841.) David in the New Testament

King David by Adamo Tadolini on the base of the Colonna dell'Immacolata, Rome Italy

King David by Adamo Tadolini on the base of the Colonna dell’Immacolata, Rome Italy.

1841.)   David in the New Testament

You may find it interesting to know that David is mentioned 54 times in the New Testament — 35 times in the Gospels, 10 times in Acts, and the remainder in the letters. David bookends the New Testament, mentioned in the first and last chapters. In Matthew 1 he is noted as an ancestor to Jesus:

Matthew 1:1

[ The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah ] This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham:
At the close of Revelation Jesus calls himself both an ancestor and a descendant of David:

Revelation 22:16

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
When an angel comes to tell Joseph that Mary’s pregnancy is not to be feared, the angel addresses him by his connection to David:

David Joeseph's dream

Matthew 1:20

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.”
On the night of Jesus’ birth, angels announce the good news to shepherds and send them to Bethlehem, also known as the City of David:

David angels sing to shepherds

Luke 2:11

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”

Even foreigners knew the connection between David and Jesus:

David Canaanite woman

Matthew 15:22

A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
When Jesus was passing through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem and the cross, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus shouted out to him. Jesus asked him what he wanted and then restored his sight:

David Bartimaeus

Mark 10:47

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
The people in the crowds who welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem on his Triumphal Entry called him by David’s name:

David triumphal-entry

Matthew 21:9

The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!”
On Pentecost, Peter contrasts the death and burial of King David with the death and resurrection of Jesus:

David Peter Pentecost

Acts 2:29-32

My friends, it is right for me to speak to you about our ancestor David. He died and was buried, and his tomb is still here. But David was a prophet, and he knew that God had made a promise he would not break. He had told David that someone from his own family would someday be king. David knew this would happen, and so he told us that Christ would be raised to life. He said that God would not leave him in the grave or let his body decay. All of us can tell you that God has raised Jesus to life!

On Paul’s First Missionary Journey, he preached to a crowd at Pisidian Antioch. His sermon displays a pattern he often followed — giving a brief account of Jewish history and religious beliefs, and then showing that Jesus is the fulfillment of their story:

David Paul preaching

Acts 13:22

After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’
The writer of Hebrews includes David in his famous chapter of the faithful:

David King

Hebrews 11:32

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets.
Finally, in the last book of the Bible, Jesus is noted as the ultimate Victor and associated forever with David:

David Lion of Judah

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”
So we see the life of David as foreshadowing the life of Christ. Born in Bethlehem, shepherd, king — clearly there are similarities. Yet David, great as he was, bows to a greater one, the Messiah, while singing the praises of the Most High!


HERE  is a song that goes with the story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus.  Certainly our souls cry out with him:  “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

Images courtesy of:
statue of King David in Rome.  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/24/Adamo_Tadolini-David-Colonna_dell’Immacolata.jpg
Joseph’s dream.   http://www.bibleimages.ca/images/josephdream1/dwnload4.jpg
angels sing to the shepherds.   http://www.layman.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/angels.jpg
Canaanite woman appeals to Jesus.   http://www.trentonmonitor.com/SiteImages/Article/2555a.jpg
blind Bartimaeus.   http://maryricehopkins.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Bartimaeus3.jpg
Triumphal Entry of Jesus.   http://www.dondetrick.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/triumphal-entry-jesus-.jpg
Peter preaches at Pentecost.   http://www.tolleetlege.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/St.-Peter-Preaching-in-Jerusalem-Poerson-1642-e1365780433925.jpg
Paul preaching to the Greeks.   https://i1.wp.com/stpaulsseminary.in/wp-content/gallery/seminary-pics/st_paul_preaching.jpg
King David and his harp.   http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2014/10/shutterstock_52352260.jpg
Lion of Judah.   http://www.shoutsofjoyministries.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Lion-Of-Judah-HD-Wallpaper.jpg

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