Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Inner Beauty

1 Samuel 16:7

David's outward appearance was not such as would have recommended him to the esteem and choice of men as a person fit for rule and victory; but on the contrary such as tended to cause men to despise him as a candidate for such things. "Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart" (1 Samuel 16:7); "And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth" (1 Samuel 17:42); "Inquire whose son this stripling is" (v. 56). Eliab, his elder brother, thought him fitter to be with the sheep than to come to the army (1 Samuel 17:28); agreeable to Isaiah 53:2, "He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we shall desire him."

David appeared unexpectedly. Samuel expected a man of great stature, and appearing outwardly like a man of valor; and therefore when he saw Eliab, David's elder brother, that had such an appearance, he said, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him" (1 Samuel 16:6). His appearance was astonishing to Goliath and to Saul. So the prophecies represent the Messiah's appearance as unexpected and astonishing, being so mean. "Many were astonished at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man" (Isaiah 52:14).
—Jonathan Edwards

Readings taken from Day By Day With Jonathan Edwards


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