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April 5, 2016

Tuesday

 

1 Samuel 16:7

 

But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for [the LORD seeth] not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
 

LESSON

 

Samuel judged Jesse’s sons by their external qualities, just as the Israelites judged Saul acceptable because of those characteristics. Verse 7 clarifies how God evaluates people, namely, on the basis of their hearts (affections), not their appearances or abilities. As He had done earlier in Scriptural history, God chose the son that was not the natural choice, showing that He does not bind Himself to what is traditional. It is unusual that Jesse did not have “David” present for Samuel’s inspection since he, too, was one of his sons.

The fact that Jesse did not have David present for Samuel’s visit, as his other sons were, may suggest that Jesse did not think as highly of David as he did of his other sons. Was David a neglected or even an abused child whom his father viewed more as hired help than as a son? It’s remarkable, isn’t it, how Jesse reveals two very common mistakes parents make. Number one, he didn’t have an equal appreciation for all of his children. And number two, he failed to cultivate a mutual self-respect among them. Jesse saw his youngest as nothing more than the one who tended the sheep. There are some things in life that only God can see.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Timothy 2:9

 

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