Son of Man/Son of David

I’m currently reading a book by Mark Dever called Promises Kept: The Message of the New Testament. It is basically an overview of the New Testament, a “bird’s eye” view if you will, and is not meant to be a commentary on each book. Every now and then, though, something jumps out at me that I had not before considered. Two examples of this came in his chapter on the Gospel of Mark. Discussing the “Son of Man” title in the Gospel, Dever notes that Jesus seems to be alluding to Psalm 110:1 when he says that the Sanhedrin will “see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One” (Mark 14:62). Dever does seem to have a point there.

Another point that is made by Dever, and again, one that I had not before considered, was that the titles “Messiah” and “Son of Man” were seen as synonymous by the people. The example cited is when the crowd says to Jesus: “We have heard from the Law that the Christ will remain forever, so how can you say,’The Son of Man must be lifted up’?” (12:34). According to Dever, the crowd treats the two titles as synonymous, meaning that Jesus, by calling himself the Son of Man is actually meaning, “Messiah.”
I think that overall Dever does a decent job accomplishing his goal of giving a “bird’s eye” view of the New Testament, but at times it seems to be a bit too simplistic an approach. More to come.

About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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