Beauty & the Beast

May 8, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video

 

Beauty & The Beast Part 1

 

The Prince was JUDGED for his idolatry of image and proud behavior.

 

Isaiah 3:16-26 The Lord says,“The women of Zion are haughty,
walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, strutting along with swaying hips, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.
17 Therefore the Lord will bring sores on the heads of the women of Zion;
the Lord will make their scalps bald.”
18 In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, 19 the earrings and bracelets and veils, 20 the headdresses and anklets and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, 21 the signet rings and nose rings, 22 the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses 23 and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.
24 Instead of fragrance there will be a stench;
instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness;
instead of fine clothing, sackcloth;
instead of beauty, branding.
25 Your men will fall by the sword,
your warriors in battle.
26 The gates of Zion will lament and mourn;
destitute, she will sit on the ground.

 

The fixation with image is idolatry and is DECEPTIVE and DESTRUCTIVE.

 

1Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

John 7:24 Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

 

The Beast was an OUTWARD expression of the INWARD ugliness.


Luke 6:45 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Ref. Matthew 12:35; 15:16-20)


Belle was not wooed or fooled by the external APPEARANCE of beauty or success.

 

Belle was able to speak TRUTH authoritatively into the life of the Beast that ultimately led to his redemption.

 

Belle was the epitome of EXTERNAL beauty that comes from INTERNAL beauty.

 

1 Peter 3:3-4 Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

Eternal beauty, beauty of the highest value comes from what is on the INSIDE.