Appearance versus Reality

Week beginning: 20th September, 2015 | By Adam Taylor | London

"When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, 'Surely the LORD'S anointed is before him.' But the LORD said to Samuel, 'Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.'"

1 Samuel 16:6-7 (ESV)

In 1 Samuel 16, the prophet Samuel was told by God to visit Jesse the Bethlehemite and anoint one of his sons to be the successor to Saul as Israel's new king. Naturally enough, Samuel imagined that God had chosen someone tall and impressive looking –

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