Watchman: God Finds Possibilities for Grace in the Most Unlikely of People. To Choose the Youngest Son to Be a King Seems Strange. To Say That a Baby Born in a Stable, Who Dies on a Cross Under a False Sentence of Treason, Is the Savior of the World and God in the Flesh Is Incredible

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King David

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 16:7

Samuel was sent by God to Bethlehem to anoint a new king. Because the present king, Saul, had failed to obey and honor God, God decided to make his decision for the next monarch public.

Samuel's attention was drawn to Jesse's sons, a line of seven young men beginning with the oldest and tallest. As Samuel moved down the line, God warned him that the one he was looking at was not the one. Saul was chosen as king in part because he was tall and lovely, but God made it clear that height and appearance don't matter this time. God examines what is on the inside—in the heart.

Jesse informed Samuel that his youngest son, David, was out in the fields tending sheep when Samuel reached the end of the line of Jesse's sons. As Samuel phrased it, God chose David to be the future king because he "sought out a man after his own heart" (1 Samuel 13:14). God sensed in David a heart that would completely commit to him.

God looks for opportunities for grace in the most improbable of persons. It seemed weird to chose the youngest son to be king. It is impossible to argue that a baby born in a stable who dies on a cross under a false sentence of treason is the Savior of the world and God in the flesh. But the mystery of Advent is that God works with the least, the weakest, and the ignorant. God enjoys surprising us.

We are weak and foolish, Lord, but we believe you can use us, like David, to bring your grace to your world. Amen.

The Great Tribulation

It is our belief that the Great Tribulation referred to in the New Testament Book of Revelation (chapters 6-11) is unfolding before our eyes. In the near future, we will devote the "Tribulation" tab on our "Trending" menu to this emerging reality. As people continue to unplug from mainstream media, our commitment is to present the truth and encourage our audience to understand current events from a Biblical perspective. Click here to begin the journey.

The Watchman

In the Bible, the Watchman is responsible for keeping watch and warning others of potential danger or impending judgment. The role is mentioned several times in the Old Testament, particularly in the book of Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 33:6, God says to the prophet Ezekiel, "But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand." Click here to begin the journey.

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