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God Will Redeem Your Story Part Two

  

 

 

  “Tamar’s House”  2 Samuel 13:1-22.

 

 “Tamar’s House”  2 Samuel 13:1-22. Imagine Tamar:  Grief-stricken, sobbing, ashes on her head. Her body in a heap on the cold floor. Soot covers her beautiful face and smears the rich colors of her torn robe. Her outward appearance echoes the cavernous darkness in her soul. Hopelessness and death well up in her. She is nothing but a tomb.The door of her room slowly creaks open. A stream of cloudy sunlight pours through the door. A figure of a man takes form within it. Not Absalom. No, she would recognize Absalom anywhere. Her heart jumps with sickening terror, then the figure steps through the door and His visage becomes clear. Tamar has never seen Him before, yet He looks so familiar. Not frightening. And she should be frightened. No man should be entering her chamber. She should run, but she cannot seem to move.She glances down at the hands that seem paralyzed on her lap, suddenly shamefully aware of her ash-covered appearance. Wretchedness sears her heart. She is certain her violated estate is obvious. She despises herself.

“Tamar,” the man speaks gently and with warm familiarity.

Her heart sobs, “She is dead!” A slave of shame has taken her place.

He approaches and takes her face in His hands. No one has ever done that before. The overwhelming intimacy turns her face crimson, not with shame but with vulnerability. His thumbs sweep over her cheeks and wipe the tears from her face. As He takes His hands from her face and places them on her head, her throat aches with fresh cries as she sees the filth on His hands. Her filth. He draws back His hands, and she senses something on her head. Perhaps in His mercy He has hooded her disgrace.

The man offers her His hands, still covered with soot, and she takes them. Suddenly she is standing. Trembling. He leads her to the brass mirror hung on the wall. She turns her face away. He lifts her chin. She gives the mirror only a glance. Her heart is startled. She begins to stare. Her face is creamy white. Her cheeks are blushed with beauty. Her eyes are clear and bright. A crown sits on her head, and a veil flows from its jewels to her shoulders. Her torn coat is gone. A garment of fine white linen graces her neck and adorns her frame. The King’s daughter, pure and undefiled. Beauty for ashes.

Breaking Free by Beth Moore

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

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Prelude – Bourée and Finale (George Frederic Handel)

Welcome Donnita Travis

Service of Baptism Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer and Pastor Michael Best

Invocation Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

“And Can It Be?” Hymnal 347

“Mourning into Dancing” (Tommy Walker)

“Blessed Assurance” Hymnal 572

“Victory in Jesus” Hymnal 353

“Amazing Grace” Hymnal 343

Baby Dedication Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Offertory “How Firm a Foundation” (arr. Donald Hustad)

“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen

Scripture Reading Isaiah 61:1–3 (ESV) Megan McSween

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,

because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor;

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives,

and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;

To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,

and the day of vengeance of our God;

To comfort all who mourn;

to grant to those who mourn in Zion –

To give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,

the oil of gladness instead of mourning,

the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;

That they may be called oaks of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord,

that he may be glorified

Part Two

Isaiah 61:1–5

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

“Jesus, Lover of My Soul” Hymnal 710 (stanzas 1, 3 and 4)

 

Statement of Faith

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried…

The third day He arose again from the dead.

He ascended into heaven

and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,

whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, God’s holy church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

(This statement of faith is adapted from The Apostles’ Creed )

Service of Communion

“Nothing But the Blood” Hymnal 337

Fellowship Offering

Benediction Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Postlude Dr. Paul Satre, organ

Fugue in D Major (George Frederic Handel)

This Afternoon, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Lincoln Park

Annual Church Picnic

Please note, there will be no Sunday Evening Gathering this evening.


 

Pastor to People

         Today is the last Sunday of our fiscal year! We want to thank the many of you who have contributed toward the challenging needs we face as a church body. Next week I will let you know how close we came to meeting our budget. Perhaps we shall even reach it!

         Keep in mind that two weeks from today I shall begin a series of prophetic messages titled: When He Shall Come. As always, I am counting on your prayers that our love for Christ and His coming might become the motivation for our lives and witness.

         Remember to check out our website for information about our tour to Israel next March.

I’ll see you at the picnic later today.

Have a great week

Pastor Lutzer


 

 

Sermon Notes – Sunday, August 29, 2010

 

Part Two

 

Verson ESV

Isaiah 61:1–5 ESV click

 

2 Samuel 13

Amnon and Tamar

 

2 Samuel 3

Abner Joins David

 

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

Isaiah 61:1–5 ESV click

The Year of the LORD’s Favor

1(A) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
   because the LORD has(B) anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;[a]
   he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
   and(C) the opening of the prison to those who are bound;[b]
2(D) to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
(E) and the day of vengeance of our God;
   to comfort all who mourn;
3to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
(F) to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
(G) the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
   the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
(H) that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
   the planting of the LORD,(I) that he may be glorified.[c]
4(J) They shall build up the ancient ruins;
   they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
   the devastations of many generations.

5(K) Strangers shall stand and tend your flocks;
   foreigners shall be your plowmen and vinedressers;

The sad story of Tamar is a typical description of how an abusive family functions. (2 Samuel 13:1–22 ESV) click

1) Vulnerable family members are not valued

2) Appearances mask reality

3) The facts are disregarded

4) The victim’s cries are ignored

5) The victim is shamed, blamed and demeaned

Lessons to be learned:

God can redeem our story by rebuilding the human soul. (Isaiah 61:1–5)

1. Ashes of shame are exchanged for a garland of beauty

2. Mourning for a wasted life is exchanged for joy

3. Fainting for weariness is exchanged for praise

The bottom line:

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He Heals the Brokenhearted

He heals the brokenhearted
   and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
   he gives to all of them their names.
 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.
The LORD lifts up the humble;
   he casts the wicked to the ground. 

 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
   make melody to our God on the lyre!

Psalm 147:3-7 ESV

 

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

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Prelude “O Jesus, Joy of Loving Hearts” (Dale Wood)

Welcome Rev. Steve Mason

Invocation Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

Scripture Reading Psalm 147:1–6, 10–11 (TNIV) Michelle Sargis

Praise the LORD.

How good it is to sing praises to our God,

  how pleasant and fitting to praise him!

The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

Great is our Lord and mighty in power;

  his understanding has no limit.

The LORD sustains the humble

  but casts the wicked to the ground.

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,

  nor his delight in the power of human legs;

The LORD delights in those who fear him,

  who put their hope in his unfailing love.

 

“In Christ Alone”

“Step By Step”

“Open the Eyes of My Heart”

“Fairest Lord Jesus” (arr. Nockles)

 

Ministry Focus Donnita Travis

By The Hand Club For Kids

 

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

Offertory Dr. Paul Satre, organ

“The King of Love My Shepherd Is” (arr. Gerhard Krapf

 

“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815

Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

 

Testimony The Nelson Family

 

Music Brandon Chism, solo; Sarah Jackson, cello; Atsen Murry, guitar

“Sweet Jesus My Savior” (Matthew West, Tony Wood and Todd Smith)

 

Part One
  
Psalm 147:3–7
 
Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

  

Song of Response

Benediction Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer
Postlude
Chorale (Harold Rutz)

 

This Evening at 5:00pm, Room 107–108 
Sunday Evening Gathering

TOGETHER – Celebrating Biblical Community

Steve Giere 

 
Pastor to People 
 
        Israel – have you wished that you could visit the places where Jesus lived and walked? God willing, I will be co-leading a tour to Israel with Dr. Michael Rydelnik, March 10–21, 2011. Michael has been to Israel dozens of times and will provide much of the archeological/historical background, while I will concentrate on relating the Biblical account to the sites as we visit them. If you are interested, visit our website and sign up as quickly as possible because space is limited. All the information you need is at www.moodychurch.org
         My morning’s message both today and next week is on the sensitive issue of sexual abuse which is running rampant in our society. Please pray that God will give me wisdom, and that those who struggle might find the help they need. We need God at this critical hour of our lives and ministries.
 
Have a great week,
Pastor Lutzer

 

 


 
   

  
Sermon Notes – Sunday, August 21, 2010

Part One

  

Psalm 147:3–7  

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

Psalm 147:2–7

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He Heals the Brokenhearted

2The LORD(E) builds up Jerusalem;
   he(F) gathers the outcasts of Israel.

3He heals(G) the brokenhearted
   and(H) binds up their wounds.
4He(I) determines the number of the stars;
   he(J) gives to all of them their names.
5(K) Great is our Lord, and(L) abundant in power;
   (M) his understanding is beyond measure.
6The LORD(N) lifts up the humble;[b]
   he casts the wicked to the ground. 7(O) Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
   make melody to our God on(P) the lyre!

Those who have experienced abuse have a story; and their past often controls their future. God is able to bring inner healing so that there can be light where there was darkness.

 

1.   We must acknowledge our Past

2.   We must grieve the Loss

3.   We must understand Grace

4.   We must practice Forgiveness

5.   We must rewrite our Script

6.   We must connect with Others

 

The bottom line:

1.

2.

 


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A Heart for the World

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A Heart for the World

  

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“The Whole Armor Of God”

Ephesians 6:11 ESV

 

A Heart for the World

Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 9:1–3; 1 Corinthians 9:19–27

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Sunday, August 15, 2010

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 Bulletin – Sunday, August 15, 2010

 

Welcome Pastor Tim Stafford

VBS Report

Invocation Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

“To God Be the Glory” Hymnal 56

“Shout to the North” (Martin Smith)

Scripture Reading Ephesians 6:10–19 (ESV) Melinda Herron

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.

To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel…

“O Church, Arise” (Keith Getty & Stuart Townend)

“May the Mind of Christ, My Savior” Hymnal 568

Pastoral Prayer Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

Offertory

“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.  Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.  

“Hosanna – Praise Is Rising”

“God of This City” 

 

A Heart for the World  

Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 9:1–3; 1 Corinthians 9:19–27

Matthew 9:35-38 ESVMatthew 9:18,27,32 ESV

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer 

 

“God of This City”  

Benediction Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

This Evening at 5:00pm, Room 107–108 

Sunday Evening Gathering 

TOGETHER – Celebrating Biblical Community  

Mary Whelchel   

 


  

Pastor to People 

 After being absent for a number of Sundays, I gladly return to the pulpit of The Moody Church today and look forward to a very busy Fall schedule. Thanks for joining us on this journey to see people’s lives changed through our many ministries. 

      This morning I speak to you about the larger vision of The Moody Church to reach as many as possible with the Good News of the Gospel. We will have an opportunity for a corporate “wider reach” during the Greg Laurie Chicago Harvest, September 24–26. We are joining with hundreds of other churches to say to the Chicago area: Jesus is Lord and Savior! We pray that hundreds will come to saving faith during this upcoming event. 

       Pray that God will give all of us “A Heart for the World!” 

Have a great week 

Pastor Lutzer 


 

Sermon Notes – Sunday, August 15, 2010 

 

A HEART FOR THE WORLD

Matthew 28:18–20; Romans 9:1–3; 1 Corinthians 9:19–27

Matthew 9:35-38 ESVMatthew 9:18,27,32 ESV

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer

 

A HEART FOR THE WORLD

We, as individuals and as a church, want to have a heart for the world.

  

Matthew 28:18-20 ESV
The Great Commission

18And Jesus came and said to them, (V) “All authority(W) in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19(X) Go therefore and(Y) make disciples of(Z) all nations,(AA) baptizing them(AB) in[b] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them(AC) to observe all that(AD) I have commanded you. And behold,(AE) I am with you always, to(AF) the end of the age.” 

 

Romans 9:1-3 ESV 
God’s Sovereign Choice 

 1(A) I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For(B) I could wish that I myself were(C) accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,[a] my kinsmen(D) according to the flesh.

 

1 Corinthians 9:19-27 ESV  
Paul Surrenders His Rights  
 19For(Y) though I am free from all,(Z) I have made myself a servant to all, that I might(AA) win more of them. 20(AB) To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21To(AC) those outside the law I became(AD) as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but(AE) under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22(AF) To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak.(AG) I have become all things to all people, that(AH) by all means I might save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel,(AI) that I may share with them in its blessings. 24Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives(AJ) the prize? So(AK) run that you may obtain it. 25Every(AL) athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we(AM) an imperishable. 26So I do not run aimlessly; I(AN) do not box as one(AO) beating the air. 27But I discipline my body and(AP) keep it under control,[b] lest after preaching to others(AQ) I myself should be(AR) disqualified.

 

Matthew 9:35-38 ESV;
The Harvest Is Plentiful, the Laborers Few

 35(AT) And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. 36(AU) When he saw the crowds,(AV) he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless,(AW) like sheep without a shepherd. 37(AX) Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore(AY) pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to(AZ) send out laborers into his harvest.”

 

Matthew 9:18,27,32 ESV
A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed

 18(Z) While he was saying these things to them, behold, a ruler came in and(AA) knelt before him, saying, “My daughter has just died, but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live.”

 

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

 27(AK) And as Jesus passed on from there, two blind men followed him, crying aloud, “Have mercy on us,(AL) Son of David.”

 

Jesus Heals a Man Unable to Speak

 32As they were going away, behold, a(AQ) demon-oppressed man who was mute(AR) was brought to him. 

Our concern should extend to:

 

 1.   The people beyond us

 

 2.   The people next to us 

 

 3.   The people among us

 

The bottom line: 

1.  

 

2. 

 

3. 

 


 

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Things Aren’t Always What They Seem 2 Kings 6:8–23

  

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“O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.”

Horses and Chariots of Fire 

       Elisha prayed, O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see. So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full off horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. II Kings 6.17 ESV 
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“Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

II Kings 6.17 ESV

 

 

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

2 Kings 6:8–23 ESV

Pastor William Bertsche

Sunday, August 8, 2010

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Welcome Pastor Raouf Boulos
Invocation Dr. Hutz Hertzberg
“Blessed Assurance” Hymnal 572

 

Scripture Reading Selections from Psalm 119:1–16 (ESV) Tamara Colón

Blessed are those whose way is blameless,

  who walk in the law of the Lord!

Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,

  who seek him with their whole heart,

    who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!

  Then I shall not be put to shame,

    having my eyes fixed on all your commandments.

How can a young man keep his way pure?

  By guarding it according to your word.

With my whole heart I seek you;

  let me not wander from your commandments!

I have stored up your word in my heart,

  that I might not sin against you.

Blessed are you, O Lord;

  Teach me your statutes!

In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches.

  I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.

I will delight in your statutes;

  I will not forget your word.

“Be Thou My Vision” Hymnal 562
“When Trials Come” (Keith & Kristyn Getty)
“Psalm 62” (Stuart Townend and Aaron Keyes)
VBS Dedication Adrienne Anderson
Pastoral Prayer Dr. Hutz Hertzberg
Offertory
 
 
“Doxology – A Word of Praise” Hymnal 815
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him, above – ye heavenly host.Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
“Ancient Words” (Lynn DeShazo)
“Speak, O Lord” (Keith Getty and Stuart Townend)

 

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

2 Kings 6:8–23

Pastor William Bertsche

 

Song of Response
Benediction Dr. Hutz Hertzberg
This Evening at 5:00pm, Sankey Hall
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TOGETHER – Celebrating Biblical Community

Larry McCarthy, Jr.

 


  

Pastor to People

 I’m looking forward to a time in Chicago where January flies by as quickly as July. I think I’ll be waiting a long time. C.S. Lewis noted how “little reconciled” humans are to time—we are regularly amazed at how quickly time flies or drags. Lewis saw in that a hint that humans are destined for eternity—a time without time, so to speak. In fact, Ecclesiastes 3:10 tells us that God has “set eternity in the hearts of men.” Perhaps in God’s mercy He has done this to hinder us from getting too comfortable in time and indifferent towards our eternal state. May Moses’ prayer be ours: “Teach us to number our days that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”

For His glory,

Pastor Bill Bertsche


 

Sermon Notes – Sunday, August 8, 2010

 

THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM

2 Kings 6:8–23

Pastor William Bertsche

 

2 Kings 6:8–23 ESV  click

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Horses and Chariots of Fire

8Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” 9But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.” 10And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.

11And the mind of the king of Syria was greatly troubled because of this thing, and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me who of us is for the king of Israel?” 12And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.” 13And he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and seize him.” It was told him, “Behold, he is in(C) Dothan.” 14So he sent there horses and chariots and a great army, and they came by night and surrounded the city.

15When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” 16He said, “Do not be afraid,(D) for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please(E) open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of(F) horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18And when the Syrians came down against him, Elisha prayed to the LORD and said, “Please strike this people with blindness.”(G) So he struck them with blindness in accordance with the prayer of Elisha. 19And Elisha said to them, “This is not the way, and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom you seek.” And he led them to Samaria.

20As soon as they entered Samaria, Elisha said, “O LORD,(H) open the eyes of these men, that they may see.” So the LORD opened their eyes and they saw, and behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. 21As soon as the king of Israel saw them, he said to Elisha,(I) “My father, shall I strike them down? Shall I strike them down?” 22He answered, “You shall not strike them down. Would you strike down those whom you have taken captive(J) with your sword and with your bow?(K) Set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master.” 23So he prepared for them a great feast, and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. And the Syrians did not come again(L) on raids into the land of Israel.

“…Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature,…For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance,(L) but the LORD looks on the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7. ESV

 

 

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PLEASE CAUSE OUR EYES TO SEE!

 

 

 

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