Wrapped into the wrinkle of defining their new relationship, was also the knowledge that Adams, originally a farmer from Quincy Massachusetts, was about to meet royalty, He lacked the proper etiquette. How does one show deep respect to someone in high authority? Meeting royalty was a minefield of rules and prescribed behaviors, of which Adams knew nothing. Quick lessons ensued.
The encounter is here in video clip and if you want to see just the backing away part it begins at 6:47. Meeting a Monarch is not something most of the world's population ever does.
If you search for 'Royal Etiquette' there will be a plethora of search results. As marks of respect, we do go to great lengths to demonstrate our acknowledgement to the sovereign due to his position.
So why do we turn our back to King Jesus?
I'm speaking metaphorically of course.
He is KING of Kings and LORD of Lords, and yet we do not meet with Him in His Word. We do not address Him in prayer. We turn our back to Him when times are good and we're all too flippant when times are bad.
I know that the scripture at Hebrews 4:16 says,
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
And that the scripture at Ephesians 3:12 says,
In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God's presence with boldness and confidence.
Most rulers in the Middle East were unapproachable at any time except by their highest advisers. Even Queen Esther risked death when meeting with her husband the King without prior consent. The same is true even now. Those verses are a reminder that we may approach Jesus our King with confidence in His mercy and His love. The verse do not mean however that we approach Him casually. He is still holy and majestic in His Person, and though we may call him the familiar term 'Daddy' (Abba, Mark 14:36), He is still King.
We go to great lengths learning etiquette to prepare for a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II or King Abdullah II of Jordan, but we turn our backs on and relegate Jesus to a corner. Why? Because, football. Or, we're tired. Or, we're mad that we didn't receive the prayer answer we wanted so we pout. Or we forget His grace and mercy and hide from Him when we committed a sin. In other words, lack of trust and lack of honor.
I'm preaching to myself as much as anyone.
|Source, credit: Nicolas de Largillierre|
Meanwhile, if you were invited to tea with the Queen, think of the lengths to which you would go to prepare for such an august privilege. Do that, and a thousand things more to prepare your heart and mind to meet the KING of Kings and LORD of Lords, Jesus the Christ.