SAMUEL SENT BY GOD TO BETHLEHEM. How often have we learned “one may smile and smile and be a villain.” I remember that the grandest man I saw in the war, grand in the splendour of his military equipment, was an ignorant and presumptuous corporal; and the plainest and most unpretentious man was the greatest general. ( Log Out /  We encounter something like the same difficulty here as we are familiar with in the matter of the Divine preference, shall I say? To judge from appearance would be a very partial judgment. – Matthew 5:9, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE BORN AGAIN? There is an outward sanctimoniousness which looks very like sanctity: will it all end the same way? The greatest heart, in that family best in the humblest bosom. Secondly, to be very cautious in our opinions concerning ourselves. First of all it is to be observed, that, when the Scriptures speak of persons as ordained and predestinated to future blessings, it is only either because their lives and conversation are pleasing to God, or, if not be, because He foreknows that they will afterwards prove so. Regard not the opinion of the world as any standard of your situation in respect of God. The marble and the granite of which it is composed are the purest that can be found, and what can exceed the brilliance of their polish? Here is a principle of the Divine government which is well worthy of attention; for it is put before us in direct contrast with our own natural tendencies and habits; and put before us in a way powerfully calculated to show us the fallacy and the carnality of our own mode of judging of each other. It is a valuable principle in judging individual men and in judging wide movements of men. “The Lord seeth not as man seeth.” Now, it is not to be supposed that man is condemned because he has not the omniscience of the Deity: it is not man’s sin that he does not look at the heart; he cannot look at the heart. “I have rejected, I have provided,” are the two aides of the picture, the two hands of God’s activity. (E. O. Guerrant, D. D.). Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature — This seems to be a plain allusion to the external appearance of Saul. The Lord looketh on the heart! xix., p. 150; Clergyman's Magazine, vol. 7. At every great crisis, God speaks and says: “I have provided me a man.” When the time has come for missionary work among the Gentiles, Paul is ready When the time is ripe for the Reformation, Luther is ready. “Hell and destruction are before him; and much more the hearts of the children of men [Note: Proverbs 15:11. Polycarp was converted at nine years of age, Matthew Henry at eleven, President Edwards at seven, Robert Hall at twelve, and Isaac Watts at nine. Are you prepared for the most important appointment of your life and of your eternal existence? 1 Samuel 16:7 (King James Version) A.F.V A.S.V. But God rectified the prophet's mistake by a secret whisper to his mind: Look not on his countenance, 1 Samuel 16:7. His brothers were warriors. 1 Samuel 16:13 is the first mention of the name David in the book of 1 Samuel. It pronounces as with a voice of thunder, its indignant repudiation of the prejudice by which human conduct is governed, and maintains the opposite as the eternal rule of Divine preference. Judge not, that ye be not judged! The certainty of the right-hearted being preferred. 1. God chooses His best workers often in the beginning of their intelligent existence; they that seek Him early are sure to find Him. We need to be very careful because outward appearance can be very deceptive. Samuel is sent from Ramah to Bethlehem, to anoint David, 1 Samuel 16:1-13.The Spirit of the Lord departs from Saul, and an evil spirit comes upon him, 1 Samuel 16:14.His servants exhort him to get a skillful harper to play before him, 1 Samuel 16:15, 1 Samuel 16:16.He is pleased with the counsel, and desires them to find such a person, 1 Samuel 16:17. ", To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, for man looketh on the outward appearance. Then let us learn humility and contentment in our lot. Mere formality must ever appear hateful to Him. 1. 7. The most strenuous efforts, on the part of man, are required to become and continue right-hearted. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” (Matthew 23:27-28). #2 “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.” People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I never went to school to Aristotle or Plato, but was brought up in my father’s house in a very mean condition among a company of poor countrymen.” James A. Froude says of this man: “This is the account given of himself and his origin by a man whose writings have, for two centuries, affected the spiritual condition of the English race, in every part of the world, more powerfully than any other book or books except the Bible.” God saw the heart of a kingly man beneath the tinker’s coat of John Bunyan. So often we look at what we can see on the outside – beauty, talents, fame and such, but God sees straight to the heart – motives, intent and character. How is it with our hearts? The body is not even a medium, he sees the body, and knows the body as perfectly as He knows the spirit. This great and solemn truth yields us two lessons:--. 1 Samuel 16:7 Outward Appearance. Samuel had Jesse present all of his sons so that the anointing from God could commence the next king over God’s people. Biblical Commentary 2 Samuel 7:1-16 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Second Samuel begins with David mourning the death of Saul and Jonathan (chapter 1) and being anointed king of Judah (2:1-7). Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. The heart of Paul was especially adapted for receiving, embracing, and diffusing the mercies of the Gospel. ].” “He has a name to live, but in reality he is dead [Note: Revelation 3:1. His greater honours only brought him greater cares and greater sorrows. 3. I. III. David’s mother is not even mentioned by name in the Scriptures. Do you think God sent you into the world only to stitch at that machine, or to go up a ladder with bricks, or to sweep that gutter? Witness the holy energy and unconquerable perseverance of Luther. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. Bear in mind, too, that whomsoever you deceive, you cannot deceive God: and that, whatever you may judge respecting yourselves, or others may judge of you, “God’s sentence, and that alone, will stand [Note: Jeremiah 44:29. Moreover, David was the one that made it royal, and when he was chosen he was by no means the head of it. NASB E-Prime R.S.V. “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting: but a woman (or man) who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30), Jesus told the teachers of the law and Pharisees: “you hypocrites! It should be remembered that the greatest sinner may be anxious to preserve a good reputation with the world, because without this, it would be impossible to maintain a comfortable existence: but it should also be remembered that reputation is not virtue, but only its semblance: and those who strive to obtain a good name are generally successful, since man looketh only on the outward appearance. But this is the first mention of his name, which means "Beloved" or "Loved One." But God has never been cheated by that mild saint’s eye. He is the man, no doubt: for he is one that loves the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ—, [I am in no fear of erring now. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of (W. God looketh on the heart; man on the outward appearance. – 1 Corinthians 2:14, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE TRUE FREEDOM IN CHRIST? Jesse brought each of his first seven sons before Samuel to see which son would be anointed as king. “Appearances,” he sternly replied, “must be kept up. Let us rejoice over each other's good and discern each other's goodness, because "charity envieth not, seeketh not her own, thinketh no evil.". A block of stone, twenty-four solid feet in depth, was thrust into the ground; down and down it went, standing like an isolated column in the vacuum carefully preserved on every side of it. It is the convenient cloak of the base and the hypocritical. But, as the event can be determined ultimately by God alone, let me entreat you all, [This we are commanded to do; and we should do it with all imaginable fidelity and care. JESUS TEACHES ON THE YEAR OF THE LORD’S FAVOR – Luke 4:18-19, THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION OF YOUR LIFE – Have you been born again? The heart will never be right with God till it is made so through the redemptive work of Christ. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. I. By: missionventureministries on March 23, 2016 at 5:28 pm. 1 Samuel 15. III. Do let us look upon mankind, brethren, with the light of God’s Word about men. God’s purpose erects a fixed standard. Commentary on 1 Samuel 16:6-13 (Read 1 Samuel 16:6-13) It was strange that Samuel, who had been so disappointed in Saul, whose countenance and stature recommended him, should judge of another man by that rule. The Lord said unto Samuel — By a secret inward suggestion. Look not on his countenance — All have not a noble spirit who have a noble aspect, as appeared by Saul; which should have prevented Samuel’s concluding so hastily from Eliab’s appearance that he was the person whom God had chosen. Now the doctrine we have been looking at, or rather, the fact of God’s perfect knowledge of human nature, shows the utter stupidity of all this. ],” and “weighing their spirits [Note: Proverbs 16:2. 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. cleanse Thou me from secret faults.” Still less able is he to penetrate into the motives of his fellow men. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing 1 Samuel 16:7: Genesis 6:5-6 Malachi : James 2:4 1 Peter 2:5 1 Peter : 1 Samuel 16:6 : 1 Samuel 16:8 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Because God’s knowledge is direct and perfect it surpasses men’s knowledge of each other, and of themselves. Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Spirit of the Lord departs from Saul, and an evil spirit comes upon him, 1 Samuel 16:14. 5 And hee said, Peaceably: I am come to sacrifice vnto the Lord: sanctifie your selues, and come with me to the sacrifice: and he sanctified Iesse, and his sonnes, and called them to the sacrifice. There are pleasures greater than triumphs, clearer insight than worldly penetration. Physic. To judge from appearance would be very inaccurate judgment. Outstanding I love it please keep up the good work. ].” He is ignorant of his own state before me: he fancies himself “rich, and increased with goods, and in need of nothing; whilst, in reality he is wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” He is lukewarm in all that relates to me; and therefore I lothe him, and shall cast him off with abhorrence [Note: Revelation 3:15-17.]. God put the shepherd over the soldiers. In selecting instruments to carry into effect these purposes of His will, the Lord looketh on the heart: He sent Samuel to Bethlehem to the family of Jesse, and ordered him to anoint one of Jesse’s children, whom He would point out to him, to be king over Israel. Some of us live under glass shades; others of us are as vessels in common wear; but we could not change places; each must do his proper work, and each will have his appropriate reward. But the Lord looketh on the heart.] For example, the Lord does not look upon one’s social rank. But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. 3. Here we find that experience is counter to the word of God, which says that except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he is no member of Christ's kingdom. By: Keith Sheridan on February 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm, By: Santha Kumar on March 12, 2016 at 1:29 am. “We do not trouble about vibrations on the surface. – John 15:13, WHAT IS WRONG WITH CHURCHES TODAY? The books of 1 and 2 Samuel used to be one book. Now, suppose God were in this position with reference to our sins. We would love to say that this is something we do not do and that we look beyond what is on the outside, but virtually all of us are influenced at times by appearance. ].” This, I say, he does: and it is his exclusive prerogative to do so; as Solomon has told us: “Thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men [Note: 1 Kings 8:39. In the first place, then, we should suspect the judgment that we form of the outward appearance, and the importance we are sometimes led to attach to it. J. H. Newman, Sermons on Subjects of the Day, p. 63. Then we can put some fair questions. 1. 1832. xvii. Hence the errors of their speech and life; the ridicule and blunders into which they plunge themselves before the world. What is meant here by the word “heart?” “The Lord seeth not as man sooth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” It is not necessary that we try to be abstruse and philosophical in giving an interpretation to this familiar word “heart.” The entire nature of the individual is brought into view. He would not have a repetition of Saul. II. But back behind all emergencies God sits and waits. If we would be beautiful in the sight of God, and exhibit this character to our fellow men, we must learn His will, and do it, and on no account grieve Him. For man looketh on the outward appearance.] “We are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish.” They were approved by the Divine wisdom as the ministers of God, and in all their varied labours they had his testimony with them. 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. Its meaning is simple. Both Adam and Eve throw the blame from themselves. This is one of God's perfections. 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." We pass on to the instance of the Redeemer Himself. The man does not actually face his business circumstances. It requires the operation of the Holy Spirit. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. ].”], 2. ], Now then, I trust, I cannot err: for he whom I now see has long made an honourable and consistent profession of religion—. – Deuteronomy 6:5-7, HOW CHRISTIANS ARE TO ACT IN WISDOM AND GRACE TOWARD OUTSIDERS – Colossians 4:5-6, HOW DO WE START TO EVANGELIZE THE LOST? God knows our advantages and disadvantages, and His judgment is the result of His omniscience. You will be pleased to hear something about them. Compare 1 Chronicles 28:9. 3. In what way were these communications made from God to Samuel? The loss of this generous and devout layman, we are told, would kill the church. How erroneous is the estimate that men in general are disposed to form of character. “Why not lessen your expenses?” said a confidential friend. Thank you for sharing. Of thee, therefore, I can have no doubt. 1. His name is seldom seen on a subscription list, and he makes but a poor figure amongst the charities which are popular in the circle in which he moves, he is called stingy and mean: people say sharp things about him when his back is turned. – 1 Peter 2:21, WHOEVER BELIEVES WILL NOT ACT HASTILY – Isaiah 28:16, WHY DID CHRIST DIE FOR US? ], and trying their reins [Note: Psalms 7:9. He is not the man whom I have chosen. It, too, was put up by filial piety to commemorate motherly excellence You should hear how it is talked about by the man who owns the fine stone He says: “I am ashamed of such men! Man looketh on the outward appearance; men value men by their outsides. The ungodly men of his days had spoken hard speeches against him, and decided him and his prophecies: but, in the meantime, “Enoch walked with God;” and the eye of God was upon him, and he saw not as men seeth. Cornelius Agrippa actually institutes an argument to prove that there was never a nobility which had not wicked beginning. The features in any man’s life and character, our ignorance of which disables us from appraising at their proper worth his words and actions, are all known to God: the hereditary bias towards some form of evil which has made his life a continual battlefield; the educationary influences which surrounded him in early youth, and which have necessarily done so much to make him, for good or evil, what he is today; all these and many other factors in the problem which every human life presents, are fully known to Him. 5. Now, on all these grounds, God’s knowledge surpasses that knowledge of ourselves, and of each other, that is even possible to us. "Commentary on 1 Samuel 16:7". Furthermore, the Lord does not look upon one’s family history. Being immediate and direct, God’s knowledge of man is perfect. 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