This week we discuss a recent Desiring God article, Why Did God Make Me Unattractive?

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What does the Bible say about beauty?

  • External: many OT verses about people’s appearance
  1. Rachel was beautiful, but not Leah
  2. David was handsome
  3. Cautions about physical appearance:  Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised. Prov 31:30
  4. As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout So is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion. Prov 11:22
  5. In vain you make yourself beautiful. Your lovers despise you; They seek your life. Jeremiah 4:30
  6. But you trusted in your beauty and played the harlot because of your fame. Ezekiel 16:15
  7. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Matt 23:27
  • Internal: But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God does not see as man sees, since man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Sam 16:7
  1. How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!” Rom 10:15
  2. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, And a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3
  3. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Psalm 96:6
  4. One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. Psalm 27:4
  5. Your adornment must not be merely external–braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4
  • Jesus: For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him. Isaiah 53:2

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