The first is considered a marvel of art. 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. The Lord is now looking on the heart of everyone amongst us. Thank you for sharing. – 1 Peter 2:21, WHOEVER BELIEVES WILL NOT ACT HASTILY – Isaiah 28:16, WHY DID CHRIST DIE FOR US? We may impose upon our fellow men, and even delude ourselves, but we can never deceive God. Outstanding I love it please keep up the good work. But how wisely and justly does the holy Lord God discriminate between them, and so fairly apportion to each their due measure of punishment, as to leave it beyond all question that “the Lord searcheth the heart.”. You are welcome all is for the honor and glory of God. ", 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. We ought to endeavour to profit by these considerations: and although we cannot impart to ourselves the accuracy of full and unerring observation and judgment, yet, at least, the consideration of the circumstances in which we are placed, and of our tendency to error, ought to lead us to watch with jealousy the judgment we form. Men, with reference to self-knowledge, consult their consciousness. But, on the other band, we must also remember that we may easily be led by the “outward appearance” to the undervaluing of men’s motives and characters. One of consolation and encouragement for all who have been made the victims of the slander and misrepresentation of their fellows, etc. We should not, however, rest in our own endeavours, but should “entreat of God to search and try us, and to see whether there be, unperceived by ourselves, any wicked way in us, and to lead us in the way everlasting [Note: Psalms 139:23-24. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. Consider: IV. He lives forgetful of God, but God is not forgetful of him. The word consciousness is a more general word, including a state of the entire nature; but I speak not of the state of one faculty, but rather, I repeat, of the whole being. He is not dependent upon our actions for knowledge of us, neither upon our history. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. There was that in the heart of David which in some way or other rendered applicable to him the designation which was thus prophetically given him, and which has clung to him ever since. Vaughan, Sermons to Children, 5th series, p. 1. Every day mistakes are made--unavoidably made, I say, not carelessly made. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. The New Testament, confirms this; but the gospel is good news, revealing that every man may be transformed into the children of light by the indwelling of the beautiful spirit of God. The man does not actually face his business circumstances. III. – John 3:27, LOVE KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS – 1 Corinthians 13:5, LYING LIPS ARE AN ABOMINATION TO THE LORD – Proverbs 12:22, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE BY BREAD ALONE – Matthew 4:4, MAN’S BIGGEST PROBLEM IS HIS SEPARATION FROM GOD – Romans 3:23, Matthew 28:1-10; Mark 16:1-11; Luke 24:1-12; John 20:1-18, MODESTY THE TIMELESS REVERENCE FOR GOD – 1 Peter 3:3-4, MY PEOPLE ARE DESTROYED FOR THE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE – Hosea 4:6, NEITHER DRINK WINE NOR STRONG DRINK – Luke 1:15, NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – TO BE DISCIPLINED – Hebrews 12:11, NEW YEARS RESOLUTION – DENYING UNGODLINESS AND WORDLY LUSTS – Titus 2:12-13, NO WEAPON THAT IS FORMED AGAINST YOU WILL PROSPER – Isaiah 54:17, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD – Ephesians 3:14-21, OUR FATHER AND DEFENDER IS GOD – BLESSED ARE HIS CHILDREN – Psalm 68:5, OUR HEAVENLY CALLING – 1 Corinthians 15:45-49, OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO SEEK THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD OR REAP THE CONSEQUENCES – Romans 2:6, PAST AND FUTURE CATASTROPHIC EVENTS – 2 Peter 3: 6-14, PAUL’S WARNING TO THE GALATIANS AND FOR US – Galatians 1-4, PAUL’S WARNINGS FOR THE LAST DAYS – 2 Timothy 3:1-4, PREPARING TO LIVE IN PERILOUS TIMES – Matthew 24, PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL – Proverbs 16:18, PROOF THAT THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED BY GOD – 2 Timothy 3:16-17, PROPHECIES OF THE COMING OF THE KING – Zachariah 9:9-10, QUALITIES A BIBLE OR SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER MUST HAVE – 2 Timothy 2:15, REACHING THE LOST FOR JESUS – Matthew 9:37-38, REASONS TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN BIBLICAL TRUTH EVERY DAY – 1 Peter 4:17-18, ROCK AND ROLL – THE GREAT EVIL IN THE CHURCH TODAY – 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, SALVATION SANCTIFICATION AND GLORIFICATION, SEATED IN HEAVENLY PLACES IN CHRIST JESUS – Ephesians 2:6, SECURITY OF THE ONE WHO TRUSTS IN THE LORD – Psalm 91, SEEK THE LORD WHILE HE MAY BE FOUND – Isaiah 55:6-7, SEEKING THE HIDDEN TREASURE AND THE PEARL OF GREAT PRICE – Matthew 13:44-46, SIGN OF THE TIMES – THE DANGER OF PREACHING AND TEACHING ANOTHER GOSPEL – Galatians 1:6-9, SLOW TO BELIEVE AND UNDERSTAND – Isaiah 53, STUBBORNESS LEADS TO GOD’S WRATH – Romans 2:5-6, TAKE EVERYTHING TO GOD IN PRAYER – Philippians 4:6-7, TAKE TIME TO REFLECT ON JESUS’ WARNINGS – Luke 13:34-35, TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT GOD – Romans 10:14, TEACHING QUARRELING PEOPLE WITHOUT BECOMING QUARRELSOME – 2 Timothy 2:24-26, THANKING GOD FOR HIS GOODNESS – 1 Chronicles 29:11–13, Thanksgiving – Living Life with Gratitude in Our Hearts – Colossians 3:16-17, Thanksgiving – There is so much to be thankful for – 1 Thessalonians 5:18, THE BIBLE WARNS US OF FALSE PROPHETS IN THE LAST DAYS – 2 Peter 2:1-3, THE BIBLICAL CURE FOR ANXIETY – Matthew 6:27, THE BIBLICAL MEANING OF THANKSGIVING – Psalm 100:4-5, THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR WAYS – ARE WE SERVING THE LORD OR OUR SELVES? I. 1. There is purpose and unity in it all. How is it with our hearts? 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. – Hebrews 12:11, IS GOD TRYING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION? “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7 . Sin, while being conceived, He sees. A pin point could scratch it off. The thing to be noted, however, is that while these attractions were well fitted to be the handmaids and helpers of the internal qualities which the fair young shepherd boy possessed, it was not on account of his graces of form and feature that the Lord “chose David His servant, and took him from the sheep folds,” etc. He is not dependent on our words for His knowledge of sin. Again, “The Lord seeth not as man seeth,” for “The Lord looketh on the heart”. And all social efforts must look at the heart and recognise that nothing but the bringing of the heart into harmony with the Divine order will secure permanent and prosperous harmony in things outward, so that, before we can anoint any movement and call it king, we look at its inwardness. He has been prophetically referred to on several occasions before (1 Samuel 13:14, 15:28). Conscience brings us near to God; even we do not bear with the outward appearance. 1909-1922. 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. I see nothing terrible in this truth if a man be sincere. ].” “His eyes are in every place, beholding the evil and the good [Note: Proverbs 15:3. (2) The utter uselessness of all hypocrisy. When meeting Jesse’s first son, Eliab, he immediately assumes this must be God’s anointed one, however, God makes it clear: “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.” (1 Samuel 16:6), As we can see from God’s perspective, the outward appearance is not the best way to judge a person. Consider again, bow this view of the dealings of God exalts the grace of redemption. The wrong-hearted are self-condemned, while those whose hearts are right with God enjoy a cheering consciousness of His approbation. One speaker said to another, “I am ashamed of you; we ought not to be in the same house together; you are common and vulgar looking, besides being scratched and chipped all overse Look at me; there is not a flaw upon all my surface; my beauty is admired, my place in the house is a place of honour.” The other speaker was not boisterous; there was no resentment in the tone of the reply: “It is true that you are very beautiful, and that I am very common, but that is not the only difference between us. Being immediate and direct, God’s knowledge of man is perfect. Psalms 7:8. The misfortunes which burst simultaneously upon him, deceived his best friends; and, judging from outward appearances, they pronounced him a wicked man. 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. The Antiochians chose Nectarius for their bishop - next after Nazianzen - for no other reason than this, that he was veneranda canitie, et vultu sacerdote digno, a goodly old man, and a comely person. – Mark 1:15, DO YOU BELONG TO CHRIST OR ARE YOU GOING TO YOUR OWN PLACE – Acts 1:24-25, DO YOU EVER WONDER IF YOU ARE REALLY A CHRISTIAN? ].” God “requireth truth in the inward parts [Note: Psalms 51:6. The Lord does not look upon the outward appearance in fixing His judgment of any human soul. This, then, is the difference between the judgment of man and the judgment of God. See the Greek.]. But at the same time remember, that David was not chosen because he was despised among men, but, because his heart was right towards God; poverty and lowliness of estate in themselves give us no title to the favour of God; but the poor who endeavour to do their duty in their station, and the afflicted who bear their afflictions patiently, have no reason to repine: the Lord has looked on their hearts, and pronounced concerning them. 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). – Psalm 9:9-10, HOW TO GROW IN GRACE KNOWLEDGE AND EFFECTIVENESS IN SPIRITUAL BATTLE – 2 Peter 3:18, HOW TO IDENTIFY A TRUE CHURCH – Acts 2:42-47, HOW TO INSTILL PROPER VALUES IN YOUR CHILDREN – Proverbs 22:6, HOW TO INTERACT WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE – Romans 12:18, HOW TO KNOW GOD’S WILL FOR OUR LIFE – Romans 12:2, HOW TO KNOW IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN – 1 John 2:3-11, HOW TO KNOW THAT WE ARE IN HIM – 1 John 2:5-6, HOW TO LIVE A LIFE THAT IS PLEASING TO GOD – Galatians 5:16-17, HOW TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS – Matthew 6:10, HOW TO OVERCOME FEAR AND ANXIETY – 2 Timothy 1:7, HOW TO PRAY USING SCRIPTURE – Psalm 145:18, HOW TO PREPARE YOURSELF TO LEAD A PERSON TO CHRIST – John 1:40-42, HOW TO RESOLVE CONFLICTS IN A GODLY MANNER – James 4:7-10, HOW TO TEACH CHILDREN THE BIBLICAL TRUTHS ABOUT HELL – 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9, HOW TO WIN SPIRITUAL BATTLES – 1 Corinthians 16:13-14, How to Worship God in Spirit and Truth – John 4:24, HUMBLING OURSELVES BEFORE GOD – 2 Chronicles 7:14, I stand at the door and knock – Revelation 3:20, IF WE LET GOD GUIDE HE WILL PROVIDE – Philippians 4:19, INSTEAD OF GUILT WE HAVE FREEDOM IN CHRIST – 2 Corinthians 3:17, IS GOD TRYING TO GET YOUR ATTENTION? Men more than half know that they are not Christians, but they try to persuade themselves that they are Christians. S. Martin, Westminster Chapel Pulpit, 5th series, No. We read of him as a prince of the tribe of Judah, and of his daughter or his granddaughter as the queen of Rehoboam. 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). 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. (Haydock) --- Heart. But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." For the Lord sees not as man sees. That is to say, God’s heart is the test of man’s heart, God’s wish, God’s plan, God’s purpose--in a single word, God’s law--showing the perfect standard. (1-2) The ark at Kirjath Jearim. 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. xxiii. It is what’s on the inside that matters to Him. It is wisdom in such a case to recognise our unfitness to form a judgment, owing to the scanty range of our knowledge: and yet we see how frequently the reverse is the case, and how, on inadequate grounds, men rush to an immediate conclusion. – John 15:13, WHAT IS WRONG WITH CHURCHES TODAY? It is exclusively Divine. We need to realize that first impressions rarely tell us much about a person, so we should give him or her some time to reveal what is in their heart before making a decision. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. It is one of which many take advantage. – Isaiah 29:13, WHAT MUST WE DO TO BE BORN OF GOD – 1 John 2:28-29, WHEN WE ARE UNSURE WE NEED TO PRAY – Psalm 143:8, WHEN WE CONFESS AND RENOUNCE SIN WE FIND MERCY – Proverbs 28:13. There is an old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. David had done nothing kingly yet. Finally, in view of this subject, there would follow this question: How much of what worldlings prize will vanish when the Lord makes known His register of actual worth? Some proposed social or industrial reform may wear an attractive outward appearance, but we are to look to the real inwardness, the heart of it. 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? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-samuel-16.html. Let us recognise the limit of our knowledge, let us recognise the fact that we do not, except as we see ourselves, in light of God’s light, see our own real hearts, and that we are not in a position, alone, even to understand ourselves. Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? ], yea, as “pondering their hearts [Note: Proverbs 21:2. There is an outward sanctimoniousness which looks very like sanctity: will it all end the same way? A page to a volume. 1 Samuel 16:7. 4. “Hell and destruction are before him; and much more the hearts of the children of men [Note: Proverbs 15:11. Many admire and try to emulate the famous, or follow someone’s teaching without first praying to God and asking Him for guidance and answers. 2. 1. the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul --Samuel's grief on account of Saul's rejection, accompanied, doubtless, by earnest prayers for his restitution, showed the amiable feelings of the man; but they were at … This seems to be the doctrine of the text. Eliab seems to have become a great man afterwards. It demands the most strenuous efforts. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-samuel-16.html. Schotti Thaumaturg. N.A.S.B. But this is the first mention of his name, which means “Beloved” or “Loved One.” ii. IV. 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. 2. In illustration of the same truth, we may refer you to His choice as the messenger of His grace to the Gentile world.
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