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The Shepherd And His Flock
"13:22 ... he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. 13:23 Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus" (Acts 13:22-23 KJV)
The shepherd David was also a living prophecy of how the King will reign, as the Shepherd of God's people.
"23:1 A Psalm of David.
"I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine"
David was a Bethlehem shepherd; Christ the Shepherd was born in Bethlehem. It's hardly a coincidence that Bethlehem shepherds were the first witnesses of the Birth ("unto you is born this day") and the first to proclaim the Birth ("when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child") of Christ the Shepherd.
"2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
The Messiah was always aware of His responsibility as the Shepherd of God's flock.
"6:34 And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things." (Mark 6:34 KJV)
Unlike the many self-serving opportunists who have claimed to be "pastors" of God's flock, Christ truly is the "Good Shepherd."
"10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. 10:12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 10:13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
The present-day "scattering of the flock" is happening because we await the return of our Shepherd.
"14:26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 14:27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered." (Mark 14:26-27 KJV)
When Christ returns, He will rule as a King, but Judge as a Shepherd ("5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear" 1 Peter 5:4 KJV), separating the repentant "sheep," who have lived their lives according to Christ's teachings, from the unrepentant "goats," who have merely done as they pleased in Christ's Name ("7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." Matthew 7:20-23 KJV).
"25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 25:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
Fact Finder: When King David is resurrected in the Kingdom of God, will David serve the LORD as both a "shepherd" and a "king"?