Bible Commentary: “Knelt and Fell Down”December 30, 2010 at 4:30 am | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” (Mark 10:17)
“And the unclean spirits, whenever they saw Him, fell down before Him and cried out, saying, “You are the Son of God.” (Mark 3:11)
“But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. (Mark 5:33)
“When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” (Luke 5:8)
There are some countries in the 21st century that still have monarchies, kings or queens that rule the country rather than a president or some other elected person. For those of us that do not have monarchies if we were to come into the presence of the President we would shake their hand, in countries where there is a Monarch when you come into their presence you kneel. Not kneeling in their presence is a sign of disrespect and can cause all manner of consequences. When does a person fall down at someone’s feet? When someone really needs something that only the person that they have fallen in front of can provide. Think of a drug addict, they have been deprived of drugs past the time that they can endure. The addict is beginning to go through withdrawals and is in tremendous pain. All of a sudden the drug dealer is standing before them and the addict will fall to the floor before the dealer and beg for the product that only the drug dealer can provide. Sometimes a person brought before a Judge in a Court of Law will be so desperate for the Judge to rule in their favor that they will fall before the Judge and plead for mercy.
People came to Jesus and knelt before Him. They also came and fell down before Him. All manner of people; rulers, sick people, demons didn’t matter who or what they were they either knelt or fell down before Jesus. Why did they do such a thing? Because Jesus is a Monarch!
Child of God – Pilate asked Jesus a question, “Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” (John 18:37 NKJV) Pilate had to know if Jesus was a threat to Caesar. The question that Pilate asked then is the same question that we ask now, is Jesus really our King? And the answer that Jesus gave then is the same answer for us now, “Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king” (John 18:37 NKJV) For us in the 21st Century and a democratic mindset it is difficult to kneel before a King. We just do not do this sort of action, it somehow seems uncivilized, doesn’t it? Yet we really need to come to firm understanding that not only is Jesus King but Paul tells us that He is, “He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, (1 Timothy 6:15 NKJV) We need to kneel in His presence and we need to fall down at His feet in desperation because only Jesus can provide what we need. We need to call out, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. (1 Timothy 1:17 NKJV)
Lord, give me your grace to see your majesty in the midst of knowing you as my friend and my savior. I most certainly crown you as King of my life, but I need to grasp the splendor of you as my King specially in those times when I need just to obey even with no complete understanding of all. You are the greatest King, not like the kings of this world in their human weaknesses, but you are a just and faithful King. Let my heart be kneeling before you always, in all respect and adoration. Amen.
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