174:4.6 When no more questions were forthcoming, and as the noon hour was near, Jesus did not resume his teaching
but was content merely to ask the Pharisees and their
associates a question. Said Jesus: "Since you ask no more questions, I would like to ask you one. What do you think of the
Deliverer? That is, whose son is he?" After a brief pause one of the scribes answered, "The Messiah is the
son of David." And since Jesus knew that there had been much debate, even among his own disciples, as to whether or not he was the son of David, he
asked this further question: "If the Deliverer is indeed the son of David, how is it that, in the Psalm which you accredit to David, he himself, speaking in the
spirit, says, `The Lord said to my lord, sit on my right hand until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet.' If David calls him Lord, how then
can he be his son?" Although the rulers, the scribes, and the chief priests made no reply to this question, they likewise refrained from
asking him any more questions in an effort to entangle him. They never answered this question which Jesus put to them, but after the Master's death they
attempted to escape the difficulty by changing the interpretation of this Psalm so as to make it refer to Abraham instead of the Messiah. Others sought
to escape the dilemma by disallowing that David was the author of this so-called Messianic Psalm.
174:4.7 A short time back the Pharisees had enjoyed the manner in which the Sadducees had been silenced by the Master; now the Sadducees were
delighted by the failure of the Pharisees; but such rivalry was only momentary; they speedily forgot their time-honored differences in the united effort
to stop Jesus' teachings and doings. But throughout all of these experiences the common people heard him gladly.
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