1 Samuel 25:14-15a, 23-24a
“One of the servants told Nabal’s wife Abigail: ‘David sent messengers from the desert to give our master his greetings, but he hurled insults at them. Yet these men were very good to us.’…When Abigail saw David, she quickly got off her donkey and bowed down before David with her face to the ground. She fell at his feet and said: ‘My lord, let the blame be on me alone.’”
“This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:…‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ The disciples…brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them.”
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”
King of Kings, you ride a cloak of majesty and reign in perfect justice.
We have repaid you for your gifts with hard-heartedness and pride. As you approach our borders we hurl insults to drive you from the territory we claim to own.
Though we are callous to grace, you have provided an innocent intercessor for us. Our arbitrator journeys to the seat of judgement in our place—may we receive the pardoning verdict with great joy.
We ask this in the name of the humble Jesus, who defined his kingship from the back of a simple animal from his lowly birth to his shameful death, and loved us with each step.
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