God does not judge people based on outward appearance but by what is on the inside. This is clear in the story of God’s selection of David. The Old Testament tells us that the Messiah would not judge people based on their outward appearance either.
Old Testament Prophecy
And he will delight in the fear of the LORD .
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
or decide by what he hears with his ears; [Isaiah 11:3 NIV]
New Testament Fulfillment
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. [Matthew 23:27]
Stop judging by mere appearances, and make a right judgment.” [John 7:24 NIV]
You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one. But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me. [John 8:15-16 NIV]
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