Summary: Focusing on the attribute of our Lord to see ALL THAT is beyond the scope of the naked eye
Of Mount Everest and Mauna Kea
It’s quiz time folks! Name the tallest mountain peak in the World. A no brainer really… for some folks (including yours truly, till recently)…pat would come the response from them…Mount Everest! No, that’s not the right answer. Pat yourself on your back, if your answer was Mauna Kea. Boy, Mauna Kea off the Hawaiian coast “towers” over the rest. It’s height is 33,000 feet vis-a-vis its nearest competitor Mount Everest whose height as most of us know is 29,000 feet. The only problem with Mauna Kea is that nearly 54% of it is submerged below the Pacific Ocean and hence not immediately visible to the naked eye.
Action: Display of comparative chart of the heights of Mount Everest and Mauna Kea
What is that about human tendency which at once goes only for THE VISIBLE AND THE OBVIOUS? Did it not all begin with the luscious-looking forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:6) in the Garden of Eden for which our Grandparents fell, when far more nourishing, but perhaps in effect “not-so-attractive” fruits were abounding in the “little Heaven on Earth”? The answer is OBVIOUS. Talk of transmission of traits from the parents to their offspring…
In this message, I am inspired to share with my committed readership about our Heavenly Father’s perspective which is not quite as same as ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). There are atleast 4 instances in the Blessed Scripture where we perceive His vision going beyond what meets the eye.
Display of pictures of
a) Jesse of Bethlehem parading His sons' before Prophet Samuel
b) Prophet Samuel anointing Shepherd boy David
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’s anointed stands here before the LORD.”
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD LOOKS AT THE HEART.”-1 Samuel 16:6-7
Welcome virtually to the men ramp show of 1000 BC, the contestants being the sons of Jesse of Bethlehem and the Prize:Throne of Kingdom of Israel. Lo and behold the winner is NOT the most handsome or strongest or the most intelligent of them all but the boyish, earthy last son of Jesse (1 Sam 16:1-13) who tended his father’s sheep. Now this Shepherd boy in his “incomparable CV” had a heart that was at all times subservient to the Lord’s will (Acts 13:22). No wonder, the Lord saw in shepherd boy David the potential to accomplish a mission for His chosen Nation, which amongst others included control of the Promised Land from “from the desert(southern border) to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.”- Joshua 1:4. Now the conquest that resembled “Mission impossible” during the 400 years reign of 12 Judges turned into “Mission possible” in the mere 40 year reign of one Shepherd boy turned King- David.