David therefore himself calls him Lord; and from where is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
We are all common people as to the ground covered by His teachings. The duties incumbent on us to God and man have in their principles, their motives, their spirit, no diversity corresponding to the differences of condition and culture. You cannot specify a primal obligation that admits of any exceptions. You can name none that belong to the highly endowed and privileged, but not to the simple and unlettered — none that appertain to the lowly, and not to those who hold a superior position in the social scale. The Sermon on the Mount may be all lived out by the labourer, the poor widow, the person whose intelligence and sphere of action are of the very narrowest; and at the same time there is no life so large, so high, so extended in its relations and responsibilities, that it may not find here all that it is bound to be and to do. Still more, we can conceive of no broader, fuller, loftier law of duty for the redeemed in heaven, or for any created being in the universe. As regards our trials and our griefs, too, we are all common people. There is no resource for high or low, when the heart is overwhelmed, but trust in Almighty love — no prayer that can bring an answer of peace, but "Father, Thy will, not mine, be done." In the presence of the mighty leveller Death we are all common people.
(A. Peabody, LL. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.