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Week 14 Day 2
appearances are not always what they seem
the big is not always strong
the small is not always weak
the smile which masks the sadness
the crowd which hides the loneliness
we put a lot of stock in appearances however
they are visual reminders
they are strong persuaders
choosing products for their visual appeal
selecting some friends on the basis of looks
the story in Samuel reminds us
appearances may distort or detract
but God looks on the heart
if God does that perhaps we should too look within at
SAMUEL ANNOINTS AGAIN God has a pattern of choosing the least likely person. I Samuel 16
1The Lord said to Samuel, "How long will you mourn for Saul,
seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your
horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem.
For I have provided a king among his sons." 2Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me." But the Lord said, "Take a heifer with you, and say, 'I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.' 3Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you." 4So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. 5He consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.
6When they came, he looked at Eliab and said, "Surely the
Lord's anointed is before Him!" 7But the Lord said to Samuel,
"Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because
I have refused him. The Lord does not see as man sees; for man
looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
8So Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel.
He said, "Neither has the Lord chosen this one." 10Thus Jesse
made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said
to Jesse, "The Lord has not chosen these. 11Are all the young
men here?" He said, "There remains yet the youngest, and he is keeping the sheep."
And Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we
will not sit down till he comes here." 12So he sent and brought
David in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking.
The Lord said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is the one!" 13Then
Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of
his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from
that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah.
14The Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a distressing
spirit troubled him. 15Saul's servants said to him, 16''Let our
master command to seek out a man who is a skillful player on the
harp. And it shall be that he will play it when the distressing spirit
from God is upon you, and you shall be well." 18One servant
said, "I have seen a son of Jesse who is skillful in playing."
19Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, "Send me your son
David, who is with the sheep." 21Saul loved David greatly, and
he became his armorbearer. 23Whenever David would take a
harp and play it, Saul would become refreshed and well, and
the distressing spirit would depart from him. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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