Let us continue to “consider Jesus.” (Heb. 3:1)
Jer. 30:9“But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up for them.”
Ezek. 34:23,24“Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.
24And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David will be prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.
Ezek. 37:24“And My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances, and keep My statutes, and observe them.”
References to the Messiah as the “son of David” are very familiar to every Bible student. Even in Jesus’ time all knew that the Messiah would be a descendant of David. The hurting called out “Son of David have mercy” (Matt. 9:17; 15:22) and the crowds at the triumphal entry cried “Hosanna to the son of David.” (Matt. 21:9) The prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel go so far as to present Jesus coming as David Himself.
Of course Jesus is not a reincarnation of Jesus. When God promised to provide an unsurpassed leader for His people, only David was suitable for comparison. David was the greatest king of Israel – Jesus is the eternal king of spiritual Israel, the King of Kings. David was such a fitting king because he was “a man after God’s own heart, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.” (Acts 13:22) Jesus was God’s own heart, who came to do God’s will. (Heb. 10:9) So Jesus is aptly called David.