1 Kings 1 32-40 echo’s the Palm Sunday story
32 King David said, “Call in Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet and Benaiah son of Jehoiada.” When they came before the king, 33 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. 34 There have Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel. Blow the trumpet and shout, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 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.”
36 Benaiah son of Jehoiada answered the king, “Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, so declare it. 37 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!”
38 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. 39 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!” 40 And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.
30 “Go to the village ahead of you, and as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which no one has ever ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say, ‘The Lord needs it.’”
32 Those who were sent ahead went and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying the colt?”
34 They replied, “The Lord needs it.”
35 They brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt and put Jesus on it. 36 As he went along, people spread their cloaks on the road.
37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:
38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]
“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”
40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”
I only recently realised the similarity in these two accounts of a new king, one Solomon being humbled and given kingship by his father David, the other Jesus humbling himself before he returns to His kingship. I have never heard these linked at Easter and thought that was strange. To me there is a lot of symbolism here. Both kings, unlike the rules around them, gave up flashy chariots pulled by white horses, surrounded by the rich and powerful. Instead they take the low road, with public acclaim.
The big difference is that Solomon was being presented by his father and the priesthood to the people. Whereas Jesus was presented to the people by His father with the priesthood being very anti. Solomon then went on to live a long life bringing greatness to the country and fame to himself. Jesus went on to die and so bring freedom to all who want it, and through that brings us to greatness as the adopted child of God.
I loved the fact that in the Kings passage the stones shock with the sound and Jesus said in Luke that if the people where to be quietened then the stones would take over. The implication being that Jesus was greater even that Solomon, who may have ended up being the best king they had ever had. Jesus was the King that even the earth would proclaim.