Message From the Pastor
FROM YOUR PASTOR
While on earth, Jesus was often ridiculed by religious leaders because of whom He chose to spend time with. That’s because Jesus viewed those people very differently than the religious leaders did. The way God sees people is often not the same as the way we see people. (Read 1 Samuel 16:1–13) Only when we get a glimpse of people the way God sees them can we truly understand His love for others.
God Sees the Heart
1. As Jesse presented Eliab, Samuel was impressed by what he saw and likely heard.
• In 1 Samuel 16:6, Samuel was ready to choose Eliab as the next king of Israel because of what he physically saw.
• In 1 Samuel 16:7, God explained that He was interested in what Samuel couldn’t see … the heart.
2. God isn’t just interested in what we do. He’s interested in why we do it.
• In Revelation 2:1-5, the church in Ephesus was doing all the right things for the wrong reason.
• In Jeremiah 17:10, God says He tests the heart that gives motivation to our actions.
God Sees His Strengths in Our Weaknesses
1. Jesse dismissed David because of his weaknesses.
• According to 1 Samuel 16:11, David’s own father didn’t even invite David to be considered as the son Samuel was searching for.
• In verse 11, Jesse pointed out that David was young and just a shepherd.
2. God finds strength in our weaknesses.
• In Isaiah 41:10, God says He provides the strength needed for His people.
• In 2 Corinthians 12:9, Paul wrote that Christ is made perfect in our weaknesses.
God Sees His Perfect Son Instead of Sinful Man
1. David, like all the champions God used before and after him, was far from sinless.
• In 2 Samuel 12, the prophet Nathan pointed out to David that he had sinned greatly.
• In verses 13–14, David repents and is forgiven, but the price will be his son.
2. God saw a future perfect Son and King who would die so David’s sin could be forgiven.
• If we read John 3:16, we will discover the Son who died for all our sins.
• In 2 Corinthians 5:21, we find that Jesus, who was sinless, became our sin so we could become righteous.
Aren’t you glad that God sees differently than we do? He sees through the eyes of His own grace. In the week of VBS, on June 13th – June 17th our kids will be studying how Jesus demonstrated this grace. Their key verse will be Psalm 139:23-24. (Read the verse.) May God search our heart, remove any offenses, and lead us to Him.
JOYFULLY SERVING TOGETHER,
YOUR PASTOR, RAYMOND