Kings and rulers have come a long way from the place and position of humility. I guess we can argue there is essential security due to global threats and hatred against those who do not line up with your opinions.
I started reading I Kings and king David needed to have Solomon as successor of his throne. How was Solomon presented to the people? On David’s mule, proclaiming this is your new king. So much like Jesus when he was riding on the mule…they shouted blessed is the King of Israel.
John 12:12-15 (KJV)
12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
14 And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
15 Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.
I Kings 1:28-37
28 Then King David said, “Call Bathsheba to me.” And she came into the king’s presence and stood before the king. 29 The king vowed and said, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my life from all distress, 30 surely as I vowed to you by the Lord the God of Israel, saying, ‘Your son Solomon shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place’; I will indeed do so this day.” 31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground, and prostrated herself [m]before the king and said, “May my lord King David live forever.”
32 Then King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” And they came into the king’s presence. 33 The king said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord, and have my son Solomon ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. 34 Let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him there as king over Israel, and blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne and be king in my place; for I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah.” 36 Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king and said, “Amen! Thus may the Lord, the God of my lord the king, say.37 As the Lord has been with my lord the king, so may He be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David!”
Now everywhere a leader travels there has to be an entourage of security personnel. Can you imagine even a king in the Middle East ever riding on a mule to proclaim a rightful heir to his throne? This is why the Jews never believed Jesus was their Messiah.
A real king in their eyes would come in royal robes dressed in purple with a horse decked in gold. Sorry to disappoint you but Solomon came riding on a mule as well. Did the people look down on him just because he didn’t come in royal attire or a stallion that flaunted its mane?
Humility can never be looked down upon because those who have it, God exalts.
Matthew 23:12 (KJV)
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
James 4:10 (KJV)
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 Peter 5:6-7(KJV)
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
There is a false humility that gives the face of one and when it is turned it becomes arrogant and haughty. Just as a coin with two sides. David’s other son was aiming to steal his place on David’s throne.
I Kings 5 (KJV) Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.” So he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen with fifty men to run before him.
Adonijah had a bad start with pride seeping through his heart. He requested that David’s personal nurse Abishag the Shunammite be his wife. His behavior caused him to die because of his devious ways.
Philippians 2:5-8 (KJV)
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Humility is not divisive, demeaning, condescending, destructive, degrading, shamming; creating conflict to intentionally harm another. It does not gain pleasure in brawling and orchestrating hostility for the fun of it. It thinks of others more highly than themselves.
Philippians 2:3-4 (KJV)
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
David considered his mule the highest honor and highest calling to ride. He wanted his son to rule Israel in humility which would grant him success in the eyes of God.
I believe Jesus will be King over the earth one day and all those who stood in a thicket of pride will be caught and not escape.