How to Greet a King

Antwerp - The Visitation of Virgin Mary to Elizabeth by Francken
ANTWERP, BELGIUM – SEPTEMBER 5, 2013: The Visitation of Virgin Mary to Elizabeth by Frans Francken (1581 – 1642) in Saint Pauls church (Paulskerk)

Today’s post will discuss Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary, but we have a couple of biblical stops along the way until we get to her.  First we have to go way back to the first Son of David to assume the throne, Solomon!

David had promised the throne to his son Solomon, but the oldest son Adonijah thought it should go to him.  David was old and frail, so Adonijah tried to pull a fast one.  He gathered his followers among the priests, the military and all of the other sons of David and held a large feast to celebrate his becoming King.  Only Bathsheba Solomon’s mother, Zadok the high priest, Nathan the prophet  and a servant named Benaiah remained loyal to David and Solomon.  They warned David as to what was happening.

This is what David decided to do: Solomon was to ride the King David’s ass, and enter the city with David, the high priest Zadok, and the prophet Nathan who would proclaim Solomon King.  The whole city broke out in a tumult of celebration. David bowed himself upon his bed and proclaimed, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who has granted one of my offspring to sit on the throne this day, my own eyes seeing it..”

This scene should sound very familiar to you, because it is similar to Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  This entry was really about the Messiah, the Promised Son of David coming to Jerusalem to be crowned. Only we know it was a crown of thorns not the earthly crown He was after.  Listen to what the people cried out. “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” This was the way you greeted a king.

After Solomon became king he set up a throne for his mother beside him. Thereafter in Judah, the queen mothers would sit beside their sons as queens and intercede for the people.  Unless it was something detrimental to his own throne, the king would refuse his mother nothing.  It was a very powerful position.

Now we can finally listen to Elizabeth’s prophetic words:

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

The Son of David and His mother had arrived.  The world didn’t know it but the Holy Spirit allowed for a proper greeting for the new king.  The people to greet Him and proclaim Him “my Lord” with Mary being “Mother of my Lord” were the prophet Elizabeth and the priestly John celebrating within her womb.

Oh that we would greet the Lord in that way.  Shouting blessings and being filled with joy. It doesn’t have to be every time or every day.  Being reverent is important too but sometimes we should greet Him in a manner worthy of a King. Those in the Catholic Charismatic movement excel at this.

Referenced Scriptures 1 Kings 1-2;19, Luke 19:28-40, Luke 1

#Elizabeth’s greeting #Visitation #trcot #tcot #Solomon #Son of David #Mary


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s