Kings (OBA) in Yoruba land are next to God and greeting them is an art laden with lots of rites when the culture and tradition were still intact.
The role of the Oba has diminished with the coming of colonial and democratic institutions. This led to some never-known-before exemptions in terms of paying the full homage to Kings.
This insightful video explores it well.
ART OF GREETING YORUBA KINGS
It has been argued that this scripture says servants of God must also respect Kings like everyone does. “Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.” Romans 13:7.
However, there is no Biblical reference that showed servants of God prostrating to Kings. Moreso, bowing, prostrating and standing before the kings were much more popular in Biblical days.
However, few kings in the Bible fell before their faces to servants of God at the display of the awesome and reverent power of God through his servants. In Daniel 2:46: “Then king Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.”
1 Chronicles 29:20 says: Then David said to all the assembly, “Now bless the Lord your God.” And all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed low and did homage to the Lord and to the king.” This was not prostrating but bowing.
Matthew 2:11 says: “After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.” That’s worshipping the King of kings at birth – that’s non-negotiable.
1 Samuel 25:23
When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground.
1 Samuel 28:14
He said to her, “What is his form?” And she said, “An old man is coming up, and he is wrapped with a robe.” And Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed with his face to the ground and did homage.” Here, King Saul fell to his face before Daniel even in Samuel’s death.
Summarily, it is Biblical for the people to prostrate to Kings and it’s not wrong for Kings to prostrate before servants of God but there is no record of servants of God prostrating to Kings.