David was faithful in the little things. . . In the lonely wilderness of the rock cobbled hillsides of Judea, David tended the sheep even at the risk of his own life. As a boy, he battled a lion and a bear for the protection of his father’s sheep. Apparently in two separate attacks, he delivered a lamb from the mouth of a lion and again from a bear.
God saw the essence of David’s heart, from his integrity in the solitary and humble task of keeping his father’s flocks. It is not recorded that any watchers witnessed David’s acts of courage. Alone in the wilderness, David selflessly placed his own life at risk for service to his sheep.
Faithfully tending the sheep is oh so important. . .Jesus told Peter:
To say that sheep are important to God’s plan, would be an understatement. . .In the Old Testament sheep were of the most important sacrificial animals:
Sheep and oxen without number were killed. . . in another occasion it is mentioned 120,000 sheep offered as sacrifice. . . innocent animals, without blemish. . . deserving no reason to die, but as payment of sin, a death must occur. These animals standing in stead. . .dying for the sins of the people. A metaphor for another sacrifice yet to come. . .
David refers to his people as sheep:
Pleading with God to place the burden upon him and upon his house to spare the sheep in his charge. . . Looking upon his subjects, not as unimportant or insignificant, but as helpless innocents in his charge. . . His burden. . . in his charge. . . in his care. David loved his sheep. He gave of himself for their safety and well being. . .
Jesus both known as the Lamb and calling Himself the Good Shepherd:
Jesus knows His sheep. He laid His life down for His sheep. . .and His sheep know and love Him for He is one of the sheep’s very own. The perfect lamb:
The ultimate for all time, sacrifice ending sacrifice. Jesus came for the sheep. . . gave his everything for the sheep. . .
Up until this point:
After all the trials and sacrifice visited upon them, the sheep will be gathered together and be given their reward. . .Blessed are those meek sheep. . .blessed are those mild mannered and without blemish innocent lambs . . .for they shall inherit the earth. . .
No longer persecuted and taking the punishment for sins which they did not commit. . . Now called out and marching to the head of the line. . . Now bestowed with riches beyond measure. . . They are shown to the world to be the unexpected and very much surprise victors for all eternity. Residing for ever more in lush green pastures. . . forever drinking the cool sweet waters prepared for them by the Good Shepherd. . . forever in His presence. . . never more to be bloodied and abused. . .forever to bask in His light.
The story isn’t over until it’s over. . . and on that final day. . . for the first time in the history of all creation the sheep win. . .