It’s interesting to note who’s one’s KING by where He sits. A mule. A throne. OUR HEARTS? Who is our King? An Easter Week reflection of two parades of an earthly king and our heart and Heaven King, in Jesus.
Mules and Thrones
Solomon was made king by David his father, but really by the Lord God’s appointment. David has Solomon ride his own mule to show the transition, which was needed because someone else was trying to steal the throne while David was weak and dying.
The Lord, our Lord, Jesus came likewise into Jerusalem on a mule, because He was to fulfill a prophecy, many prophecies, but specifically this prophecy. Yet He knew that the people mistook Him as an earthly King. Jesus wept over those people as He entered. He rode the mule, He had left the throne of Heaven to come here, for entering earth as a baby, walking in the world. Yet He really wanted, still wants, to occupy a throne sitting inside our hearts. My heart. Your heart. He becomes our King when we acknowledge Him as King Lord, fulfilling God’s Plan. A Servant Savior, Jesus. Can we, you and I, make Way for Him as our King? Will we, you and I, cheer and worship Him as He works through our hearts? Can we bow in submission yet feel risen in life?
When King David (also once a shepherd) made clear the succession of Solomon as King, he said: ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.’” David was blessed for the Lord kept him safe all thru the years, many trials, now followed up on the promise of Solomon hus son to become King. When we bow down to worship God, we need to acknowledge that Jesus IS the Promise fulfilled. We ourselves acknowledge and ask to see Jesus take His throne over us, within us, and hope to see this Kingship over the world. We have not seen all this yet, and there are going to be more struggles until the prophecy in the book of Revelation is fulfilled in Jesus’s return. It will get earthly worse before it gets better. But as we WILL see this New Jerusalem Kingdom roll in, we also now get to say: Praise be to the Lord, the God of ME, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor IN MY HEART, on my PERSONAL throne today.’”
Let us let Jesus be our King. For Easter week is a triumphant end to a week of trials. Let us remember our King will forever reign.
Let us find the mule that Jesus has set up within our lives and let Him ride in to be our heartly King – let us appreciate we have seen Him take His throne over us as Lord, Shepherd, King, Savior.
Let us cheer on our Savior, today.
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.
They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Blessed is the king of Israel!”
Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”
1st Kings 15-53
King David and King Solomon
Bathsheba went to see the aged king in his room, where Abishag the Shunammite was attending him. Bathsheba bowed down, prostrating herself before the king.
“What is it you want?”
My lord the king, the eyes of all Israel are on you, to learn from you who will sit on the throne of my lord the king after him. Otherwise, as soon as my lord the king is laid to rest with his ancestors, I and my son Solomon will be treated as criminals.”
While she was still speaking with the king, Nathan the prophet arrived. And the king was told, “Nathan the prophet is here.” So he went before the king and bowed with his face to the ground.
Nathan said, “Have you, my lord the king, declared that Adonijah shall be king after you, and that he will sit on your throne? Today he has gone down and sacrificed great numbers of cattle, fattened calves, and sheep. He has invited all the king’s sons, the commanders of the army and Abiathar the priest. Right now they are eating and drinking with him and saying, ‘Long live King Adonijah!’ But me your servant, and Zadok the priest, and Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and your servant Solomon he did not invite. Is this something my lord the king has done without letting his servants know who should sit on the throne of my lord the king after him?”
David Makes Solomon King
Then King David said, “Call in Bathsheba.” So she came into the king’s presence and stood before him.
The king then took an oath: “As surely as the Lord lives, who has delivered me out of every trouble, I will surely carry out this very day what I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel: Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he will sit on my throne in my place.”
Then Bathsheba bowed down with her face to the ground, prostrating herself before the king, and said, “May my lord King David live forever!”
King David said, “Call in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came before the king, he said to them: “Take your lord’s servants with you and have Solomon my son mount my own mule and take him down to Gihon. There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ Then you are to go up with him, and he is to come and sit on my throne and reign in my place. I have appointed him ruler over Israel and Judah.”
Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, “Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, so declare it. As the Lord was with my lord the king, so may he be with Solomon to make his throne even greater than the throne of my lord King David!”
So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon mount King David’s mule, and they escorted him to Gihon. Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the sacred tent and anointed Solomon. Then they sounded the trumpet and all the people shouted, “Long live King Solomon!”
And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.
Adonijah and all the guests who were with him heard it as they were finishing their feast. On hearing the sound of the trumpet, Joab asked, “What’s the meaning of all the noise in the city?”
Even as he was speaking, Jonathan son of Abiathar the priest arrived. Adonijah said, “Come in. A worthy man like you must be bringing good news.”
“Not at all!” Jonathan answered. “Our lord King David has made Solomon king. The king has sent with him Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, Benaiah son of Jehoiada, the Kerethites and the Pelethites, and they have put him on the king’s mule, and Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet have anointed him king at Gihon. From there they have gone up cheering, and the city resounds with it. That’s the noise you hear. Moreover, Solomon has taken his seat on the royal throne. Also, the royal officials have come to congratulate our lord King David, saying, ‘May your God make Solomon’s name more famous than yours and his throne greater than yours!’ And the king bowed in worship on his bed and said, ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, who has allowed my eyes to see a successor on my throne today.’”
At this, all Adonijah’s guests rose in alarm and dispersed. But Adonijah, in fear of Solomon, went and took hold of the horns of the altar. Then Solomon was told, “Adonijah is afraid of King Solomon and is clinging to the horns of the altar. He says, ‘Let King Solomon swear to me today that he will not put his servant to death with the sword.’”
Solomon replied, “If he shows himself to be worthy, not a hair of his head will fall to the ground; but if evil is found in him, he will die.” Then King Solomon sent men, and they brought him down from the altar. And Adonijah came and bowed down to King Solomon, and Solomon said, “Go to your home.”