“Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.” – John 7:24
Cain was a farmer, Abel a shepherd (Genesis 4:2). Esau was a “skillful hunter” (25:27). Jacob, a “mild” man, preferred to live in tents (25:27). King Saul was “handsome” and “taller” than the rest of the men of Israel (1 Samuel 9:2). Although “ruddy … and good-looking,” his successor David was the youngest in his family and a shepherd (16:11-12). Family members, friends, and even strangers must have looked at Cain, Esau, and Saul and thought that they were divinely blessed. They might have glanced at Abel, Jacob, and David and then passed them by.
Judging the “outward appearance,” onlookers couldn’t have been more wrong in their spiritual assessments of these six men (1 Samuel 16:7). They refused to judge the heart, revealed through words and deeds (Matthew 7:15-27, 12:33-35). If these people could have…
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