Text: Luke 19:28-48
Speaker: Joel Miller
This is how it works: When the ruler or conquering general comes to town you run out to meet him. City leaders and citizenry surround the procession. There are songs and loud acclamations. You reach the entrance of the city and the pageantry continues through the streets. You hail the general’s greatness. You welcome him as god’s own, sent to you.
This is how it worked in the ancient world.
The Greek biographer Plutarch writes this about the entrance of Mark Antony into Ephesus:
When Antony made his entrance into Ephesus, women arrayed like Baccanals (Bacchus the god of wine and revelry), and men and boys like satyrs and Pans (part goat part man), led the way before him, and the city was full of ivy and (decorative wands) and harps and pipes and flutes, the people hailing him as Dionysius Giver of Joy and Beneficent. For he was such undoubtedly, to some. Plutarch, Antonius, 24.3-4
Another flourish was for the visiting ruler to enter the local temple and make a sacrifice, claiming his god-ordained authority in that space.
The first century Jewish historian Josephus writes this about Alexander the Great’s entrance into Jerusalem:...