Monday of Quinquagesima

Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Daily Lectionary: Job 5:1-27; John 2:13-25

But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)

In the Name of Jesus. Amen. God doesn't do things the way we think they should be done. He didn't pick the biggest or strongest of Jesse's sons to be the king of Israel. He picked young David, the shepherd. Just so, He doesn't accomplish our salvation in the way we think He would either. He does it by becoming man and suffering and dying. We like to think we know better than God, but it is His way of doing things that will save us.

The Lord chose David and it was David who delivered Israel from the Philistines, starting with that head shot that took down Goliath. It was David who defeated the enemies of Israel. It was David who had a son who built the Lord a house. It was David, through whom Jesus eventually was born. The Lord, in choosing David, didn't pick the king we would have picked. And Jesus, suffering and dying, doesn't save us the way we think salvation should work.

We would base it on works. On being good people. On keeping the Law. On doing things better than other people. We would look for the toughest or strongest or mightiest. Bleeding and dying on a cross? What sort of God is that?

He is the God who saves. God doesn't operate on our conception of the world or our way of doing things. If He did, we'd never be saved. But He gives His life in exchange for ours--a selfless act we would never contemplate. Jesus gives Himself into suffering and death as the Son of David to save you.

And then, still strangely and seemingly foolish, water, the Word, a preacher, bread and wine, and His salvation are yours. And you have been anointed and chosen as God's beloved child. You would never have come up with that, but that's what God has done for you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Oh, how great is Your compassion, Faithful Father, God of grace, That with all our fallen race In our depth of degradation You had mercy so that we Might be saved eternally. (Oh, How Great Is Your Compassion, LSB 559:1)

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