From A New Heaven and A New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology:
But there is another way in which the Bible transforms this worldview. It is not just some elite person (the king or a priest) who manifests God’s presence on earth. Rather, the entire human race— and each person, male and female, no matter what their social standing— is made in God’s image. The Bible radically universalizes or democratizes the image of God and applies it to everyone. In fact, Israel was the only nation in the ancient Near East that did not think that a monarchy was essential to civilization. Originally Israel did not even have a king.