Shepherd. Hero. King.
David. Who can compare to him? He was the ruddy, handsome youth tending sheep, writing psalms and worshipping God in the humble Bethlehem fields. He was the lone Israelite brave enough to decapitate Goliath and the sole warrior adept enough to cut off the scourge of the Philistines. He was the stately king who established peace, expanded the borders and reigned in prosperity for 40 years. Who else could be a gentle shepherd, a glorious hero and a noble king?
Would there ever be another leader like David?
Yes. The Son of David. Every prophet pointed to him. Every Hebrew yearned for him. Every generation waited for him. But when He came, many did not recognize Him. He was a shepherd, but of souls not of lambs. He was a hero, but of spiritual rescue not earthly. He was a king, but of a heavenly empire, not a political one.