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today's reading.
1 Samuel 16:1-13    The LORD said to Samuel, "How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons"...
1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 Samuel 16:1-13think about it.
Samuel is heartbroken over Saul; what is the Lord's solution? What criteria does God use for choosing a leader (16:7)? How did the Lord bless David that day? What do you learn about David's character in this passage? What do you think God sees when He looks at your heart?

the blog.
Today we start a two week trek of reading and learning about the life of David. We're looking at 1 Samuel 16:1-13 where God has directed Samuel to the family of Jesse, David's father, to anoint one of his sons the next king. Samuel doesn't know that David is the one God has chosen; he only knows it's one of Jesse's sons. So when the first son, who apparently had "the look" of a king in Samuel's opinion, came out, Samuel was ready to act. But God stopped him saying, "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" (vs. 6-7). As things end up, the most unlikely candidate, David, is who God had chosen to be the next king.

So how do we develop discerning eyes like the Lord so that we can see people like God does? Tami W.

P.S. Today on Back to the Bible we're starting a two weeks series, David: Pleasing the Heart of God. I invite you to join Dr. Kroll and me for the daily studies. 

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