The Scribes were out to get Jesus because his popularity threatened their political power. They were at t a loss for explaining his supernatural power. It has them grabbing at an accusation to justify their stand against him. It had them saying his greatness came from the devil.
The first reading tells us how they should have regarded Jesus. In that reading the Israelites accepted David as their king because they werel “bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh.”
The Scribes were far from recognizing the fact, but they had a similar deep-seated relationship with Jesus. He was the Father’s own Son, and they were created in his “image and likeness.”