Summary: God does not see as we see. He has the ability to look on the heart of men. God chose David of Bethlehem to be the unifying king of Israel and ancestor of Jesus, the ultimate King of Israel.
1. Superman -- Fact or Fiction?
George Reeves (TV's Superman in the 1950's) was popular for guest appearances, but his fame included risks. Kids might kick him in the shins or throw rocks to find out if he was the "real" Superman or a "pretend" Superman, the same way kids pull on Santa beards to find out if they are real. It seemed like every time he appeared in public as Superman, someone wanted to put him to the test.
In 1953, he may have faced real-life danger appearing at a department store opening wearing his Superman costume. A young fan, who wanted to see bullets bounce off Superman's chest, brought his dad's Army Colt, his dad's loaded... .45 caliber... Army Colt. Reeves talked him into putting it down. He told the boy that Superman could survive the shot without being hurt, but "when bullets bounce off my chest, they might hurt you and others around here." He continued to make public appearances, but never again in the Superman costume.
Some believe Reeves made up the story so he would not have to wear the costume when he appeared in public. It's understandable. I would not want kids kicking me in the shins or throwing rocks every time I showed up. That story was the only way he could stop the agents and producers from scheduling Superman appearances. When he appeared in public, children wanted to know. "Is he real or is he pretend?"
When God sent Samuel to anoint the next king, he was impressed with some of Jesse's sons, but God said, "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." He still does. God knows what is real and what isn't.
2. 1 Samuel 16.1-13
3. God does not see things the way we do. God does not do things the way we do.
4. As a result, He accomplishes things we cannot (Ephesians 3.20)
I. Bethlehem is a Place of Contrast -- David and Jesus
A. The Nearby Herodium and the Pretender -- 3 Miles from Bethlehem
1. Wannabe Jew and King of Jews
2. Herod's paranoia and skills as a builder (Masada/Temple Mount)
B. The Hometown of David -- 1 Samuel 16.1, 13
1. Farmland and Pastureland (Land of Milk and Honey) -- Boaz' fields/Sheep
2. Refreshing Water for David from Bethlehem (turned into an offering) -- 2 Samuel 23.14-16
3. David Vs. Goliath
4. David united Israel at Jerusalem (city of David)
5. He is a picture of the coming Messiah -- "Anointed One"
a. Kings and Priests were anointed
b. Jesus is THE Anointed One -- King and Priest as Melchizedek
C. Symbols of the Coming Messiah
2. Living Water
3. Bread of Life from the "House of Bread"
4. Warrior -- Lion of Judah -- Revelation 5.5 (Lion of Judah/Root of David)
a. David defeats Goliath in battle
b. Is unable to build the temple because of his love for war
II. Bethlehem is a Place of Curiosity
People are often guided by expectations. Our bosses have expectations, teachers have expectations. We have expectations for our spouses, our children; sometimes our expectations may actually match theirs. The key to expectations is what we base them on; what is the foundation for our expectations? Are we basing our expectations on reality or something else, like our own wants and desires?