Daily Devotional

Spread Your Cloak before the King

by Simon Whitton

5 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.'"
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them.
7 They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.
8 A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!"  "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Hosanna in the highest!"
10 When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, "Who is this?"
Matthew 21:5b-10 (NIV)

The whole city asked, "who is this?"  But Matthew has already told us, “your King comes to you".  When I was child in England, Queen Elizabeth II came to a village nearby.  We all turned out and lined the road cheering and waving flags; we craned our necks to catch a glimpse of her.  As British people, we are subject to our monarch and owe her our allegiance.  We are expected to bow or curtsy upon meeting her, and our national anthem even sings her praise.

Back in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I was walking along a road past her subjects when she was confronted with a muddy puddle.  According to English folklore, a gentleman called Sir Walter Raleigh stepped forward took off his cloak and laid it across the puddle so the Queen would not soil her shoes.

Monarchs in recent centuries are given far less deference than in Biblical times. Probably because the kings of old usually had complete power over everything within their kingdoms, as described in Daniel:

18 "O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor.
19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him.  Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death; those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.
Daniel 5:18-19 (NIV)

The ancient kings may have had sovereignty, greatness, glory and splendor, but it was 'the Most High God' who gave it to them.

How much more should the King of Kings have been feared, honoured and worshipped as He entered Jerusalem.  'A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road' before Him.  This would have been the only outer covering they had and therefore was very valuable to them.

If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, return it to him by sunset, because his cloak is the only covering he has for his body.  What else will he sleep in?
Exodus 22:26-27a (NIV)

The most valuable thing we have to give the Lord is our love.  The greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all that you have.  The love we have was given to us by our Heavenly Father, it is His best gift.  He placed it upon us like an exquisite robe, and we should offer it back by spreading it on the ground before the Lord.  The road would have been hard, rough and stony, but the rough way was made smooth.

As subjects of the King of Kings, let us come before Him with thanksgiving, let us bow down in worship and kneel before the Lord.  Declare His glory, exalt Him and let us praise His great and awesome name.  Offer back to Him the greatest gift you can. Although you only have one, spread the cloak of your love on the road before the King, that He may go on His way in peace. What better purpose could your cloak have?

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See Also: The Robe of the Father's Love