(Start making the Bible
). What did you see when you looked into
the mirror this morning? Well that's not what God saw. I will
tell later what God saw, but first let me tell you about King David.
The story of how David was chosen to be King is interesting. David had
seven brothers who were in King Saul's army. David, being the youngest
had to stay at home and look after the sheep for his father, Jesse.
One day God sent the Prophet Samuel to Jesse's house at Jerusalem. God
said, "I have chosen one of his sons to be king". So Samuel did what
the Lord had said and went to Jerusalem. He invited Jesse and his sons
to a sacrifice.
When they arrived, Samuel saw the eldest son, Eliab and thought, "Surely this
is the Lord's anointed". But in 1 Samuel 16:7, God said to Samuel:
"Do not consider his appearance nor his height, for I have rejected him.
The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.
Man looks at the
outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."
Then Jesse called his second eldest son, Abinadab and had him pass in front of
Samuel. But Samuel said, "The Lord has not chosen this one either".
Jesse then had the next son, Shammah pass by, but God did not choose
him. Jesse had all seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but each time
Samuel said to him, "The Lord has not chosen this one".
At last he asked Jesse, "Are these all the sons you have?" Jesse
answered, "There is still the youngest, David, but he is tending the sheep".
Samuel replied, "Send for him, for we will not sit down until he
arrives". So he sent for David and had him brought in. Now David
had a fine appearance and handsome features. Then the Lord said, "Get
up and anoint him, for he is the one". So Samuel took the horn of oil
and anointed David as King in the presence of his brothers, and from that
day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.
I am going to make a special "Mirror" from this balloon. (Make the
). Do you like my "Mirror"? Well, I am going to look
into it and what do I see? Just the outside of the skin on my face!
Do you remember that I asked you what you saw, when you looked into
the mirror this morning? Well, what did God see? He looked
right past your skin and bones and looked right into your mind and saw what
you were thinking about!
Samuel was told not to look at the outside appearance of Jesse's sons.
God looked at the inside of them, and only David had a heart that was right
with God. For this reason he was chosen to be King.
Now, I am going to change my "Mirror" into a book. (Complete the
). There, what do you think of it? It is my "Bible".
Why isn't it closed? Books are only any good if we open them to
read what they contain. My Bible must be an open book because we must
read it. It has a handle to remind me that it is easy to pick up since
I must read the Bible everyday. The Bible is the most important book
in the world and more copies have been printed than for any other book.
The Bible is the Word of God, and tells us who God is. It tells us about
Jesus and how He died for our sins on the cross at Calvary, how He rose
again on the third day, that He is now the King of Kings, and is coming
The Bible also has many stories that teach us how to live our lives. The
Bible is the "Sword of the Spirit" and makes us aware of our sins, and that
we need to accept Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. We learn that Jesus
loves us with an everlasting love, and is with us every moment of every day.
That He is our Best Friend and loves us so much that He is preparing a
place for us in Heaven right at this moment!
(Start making the candlestick). Yes, the Bible is truly the Word
of God. In Psalm 119:105, David said:
"Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light for my path."
For this reason we need to memorise verses so that they can guide us in our
daily lives and help us to obey God. If we do this we will please God
and grow up to become good Christians.
(Finish the candlestick and hold it in front of the Bible). We
need God's light to shine upon the Bible like this candlestick, so that we
can understand it. To do this, we need to first pray and ask the Holy
Spirit to help us understand it. Why not do this every morning as you
read a portion or a paragraph from Luke, John or Acts?
If you serve God faithfully, it could be that in the future God will choose
you, just like He chose David. Perhaps He has plans for your life
that includes doing some great work. You never can tell!