Luke 1:32 Index
"He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:"
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"He shall be great . . . "

  • There is a striking similarity between (Luke 1:32; Luke 1:33) and (Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 9:7); one is a clear reflection of the other. Six months earlier Gabriel had told Zacharias that John would be "great" (Luke 1:15). (5BC 681)

" . . . shall be called . . . "

" . . . Son of the Highest . . . " (Luke 1:35)

" . . . the throne . . . "

  • According to the prophet Isaiah, "The Prince of Peace" was to sit upon the "throne of David" to administer "his kingdom" (Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 9:7). That this "throne" represents the eternal kingdom of Christ, and not a restoration of a literal kingdom of David in this present world, is evident throughout the New Testament (John 18:36; Luke 4:19). (5BC 682)

" . . . His Father David . . . " (Matthew 1:1; Matthew 1:16; Matthew 1:20; Luke 1:27)

  • The literal descent of Jesus from David is clearly affirmed in both the Old Testament and the New Testament (Psalms 132:11; Acts 2:30; Romans 1:3). Even the sworn enemies of Christ did not deny that the Messiah would be "David's son" (Luke 20:41-44). The glorious reign of David became for the holy prophets a unique symbol of the coming Messianic kingdom (Isaiah 9:6; Isaiah 9:7; 2 Samuel 7:13; Psalm 2:6; Psalm 2:7; Psalm 132:11). (5BC 682)
  • The expression "his father David" is significant. Jesus could have been the Son of David as the Son of Joseph, or of Mary, or of both. Mary obviously understood the angel to mean that the conception of Jesus would be by the Holy Spirit only (Luke 1:34; Luke 1:35). Hence the angel's statement pointing to David as the "father" of Jesus could be understood to mean tht Mary was herself a descendent of David (Matthew 1:16). (5BC 682)
  • Angels attend Joseph and Mary as they journey from their home in Nazareth to the city of David. The decree of imperial Rome for the enrollment of the peoples of her vast dominion has extended to the dwellers among the hills of Galilee. As in old time Cyrus was called to the throne of the world's empire that he might set free the captives of the Lord, so Caesar Augustus is made the agent for the fulfillment of God's purpose in bringing the mother of Jesus to Bethlehem. She is of the lineage of David, and the Son of David must be born in David's city. Out of Bethlehem, said the prophet, “shall He come forth ... that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity” (Micah 5:2, margin). (DA 44)