The best seats at the synagogue were front row. You could see and hear better and were the first to greet the important rabbis when they visited. People of less distinction and honor sat further back.
The Pharisees also would walk through the market in their robes to be seen and greeted by the merchants and common folk. They were like ‘glad-handing politicians’ making an appearance. They wanted everyone to know who they were and give them respect. They were ‘prima donnas’ who needed their ego stroked.
I am always leery of people who try and make a show of their credentials. If someone spends most of the conversation promoting themselves and reasons for me to respect them, I get fidgety.
The Pharisees made a big show of their ministry in contrast to Moses their leader, who walked in humility and servitude. There’s a world of difference between announcing your mission and trying to gain notoriety.
When Jesus healed, he often told people to keep it quiet and go home. The important Kingdom work was the healing or deliverance, not the self-promotion of Christ as Messiah.
When the scripture says that every knee will bow and every tongue confess Christ is Lord, I think it will be the universal awareness of who this humble King is. It won’t be because of his robes or to fulfill a need in His ego. We will simply be declaring the truth of what we know about Jesus. Even the non-Christians will have to admit the truth about Him. They won’t have a sword over them forcing them to declare His authority.