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But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. (1Sa 16:7)
God send the prophet, Samuel, to anoint a king for Israel, and he arrived with some preconceived notions of what kind of man that should be – tall, stalwart, muscular. But instead, God picked a boy, a shepherd of ruddy complexion, who spent his days guarding sheep.

This wasn’t the first time nor would it be the last time God chose someone out of the ordinary. He used a harlot to save two spies. He married a prophet to a whore. His richest, most influential king had wives from many non-Jewish nations. That king’s father, the previous king, killed a man after sleeping with his wife. (Heb 11:31; Hos 1:2; 1Ki 11:1-2;2Sa 11:15)

He used a prophet who hid in a cave out of fear. Protected a murderer. Blessed a youth who lied about being his brother. …