The Lion, the Bear and the Giants-4
1 Samuel 17:34 “And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:”
1 Samuel 17:36 “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.”
The young man could have abandoned the lamb and ran for his dear life, which could have translated to abandoning God’s plan for his life. When Samuel came to anoint him King, his big brother Eliab jumped forward, but God made an interesting statement:
1 Samuel 16:6 “So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the LORD’s anointed [is] before Him!””
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For [the LORD does] not [see] as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” (NKJV)
1 Samuel 16:7 “But GOD told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. GOD judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; GOD looks into the heart.””(MSG)
Eliab looked very qualified but God said he was “eliminated, refused and not qualified” for the position. The question is, when was he eliminated? My conclusion is this, when he ran from the lion and the bear! We may never know for sure; but the truth is that he must have sacrificed his lamb somewhere on a wrong altar.
He must have abandoned his lamb to the lion and bear somewhere. His lion and bear might not have been physical; God said he looks at the heart. Probably he had despised his boss somewhere in his heart.
Eliab might have killed his lamb by saying in his heart…
To be continued…
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