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What about 'the LORD said to my Lord'?

Submitted: 3/4/2008
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Question: Matthew 22:43-44 says, 'He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.' Do we have two Lord's in this passage? Acts 2:36 says, 'Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.'

Answer: The word LORD (with all capital letters) is the proper name YHVH, or as some say, Yahweh. The word Lord (capitalized but with small letters) is adonai, which means a master or ruler. In the above passage, Yahweh (Spirit) is speaking to Adonai (flesh). These are not two sperate divine beings, which would be Arianism. This is Deity speaking to humanity. And this humanity also happens to be the manifestation of the Deity in human form. The Spirit has made this humanity the Ruler and Anointed One (Lord and Christ). In other words, He saves us and He rules over us. He is the vehicle (Mediator) through which God connects with man. In Revelation 22:16 Jesus says, 'I am the Root and the Offspring of David.' He originated David by creating the human race (Creator Spirit) and He is the offspring of David (created flesh).