Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
Beautiful! Like Esther: Other Bible Beauties
And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, 'Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance.'
Genesis 12:11 (NKJV)
Rebekah... was very beautiful to behold.
Genesis 24:15-16 (NKJV)
Rachel was beautiful of form and appearance.
Genesis 29:17 (NKJV)
Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.
Genesis 39:6 (NKJV)
So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.
Exodus 2:2 (NKJV)
He had a choice and handsome son whose name was Saul. There was not a more handsome person than he among the children of Israel... he was taller than any of the people.
1 Samuel 9:2 (NKJV)
So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking.
1 Samuel 16:12 (NKJV)
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were described as 'Young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking' (Daniel 1:4). Surely, Ruth was attractive, because she immediately got the attention of Boaz: 'Whose young woman is this?' (Ruth 2:5).
Even clothing was designed for beauty: 'You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty' (Exodus 28:2).
Q: So why did God design certain people to appear beautiful? A: To capture attention. A lamp is set 'On a lampstand that those who enter may see the light' (Luke 8:16). Each Bible hero had a mission that required the hook of beauty:
Esther won a beauty competition to become the queen who would save her people. Sarai was spotted by the princes of Egypt and won a fortune for Abraham. Daniel and his friends caught the eye of Babylonian soldiers and won three kings to God.
As a baby, the face of Moses stole the heart of Pharaoh's daughter. He escaped death and won a royal education.
Rebekah's beauty attracted Abraham's servant in his quest to find Isaac's wife. Her character sealed the deal and stands as a lesson for women.
Rachel's beauty stands as a lesson for men. Jacob fell hard and worked like a slave to win her--only to see Rachel's beauty pale by the flaws in her character. At the same time, the virtue of her less attractive sister, Leah, would make her shine. Consequently, Leah, not Rachel, became the ancestor of Jesus. Leah, not Rachel, won Jacob's love in the end.*
Joseph's looks got him thrown into prison. But that toss set him up to become Governor of Egypt.
Saul's stature united a nation. But David proved to be the better man, combining beauty of countenance and character. David's handsome sons (Absalom and Adonijah) revealed the folly of a dazzling entrance that would become a deadly departure...
To remind us of Satan, God's most beautiful angel, who became mankind's most brutal enemy.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: your beauty (and talent) are fishing hooks given to you by God. They are intended not for your glory, but for His mission. We are employed fishermen, and our catch belongs to God.
## Beautiful! Like Esther: Other Bible Beauties (Part 7)
* Short commentary on Rachel and Leah: http://www.spwickstrom.com/sisters/
NOTE: Parts 5-31 of this series are republished edits of a 2014 series called, Beautiful Like Esther. In them you may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' I have not changed this designation. Because in a greater sense, every disciple of Christ acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents, from which God expects a profit.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Beautiful! Like Esther series.