5173 outward appearance
That which is visible on the outside may reveal the true person, but is sometimes misleading. Judging by it and boasting in it are typical of sinful humanity. God sees the inner reality.
Outward appearance can reveal the truth
Outward appearance can be deceptive
While people may judge by outward appearance, God does not
The folly of boasting in outward appearance
What is unseen is more important than outward appearance
Beautiful physical appearance
Examples of the problems and opportunities caused by beautiful outward appearance Ge 12:11-15 Sarah’s beauty led to Abraham’s folly; Ge 39:6-7 Joseph’s handsome appearance led to his being tempted by Potiphar’s wife; 1Sa 9:2; 1Sa 16:12; 1Sa 25:3; 2Sa 11:2-3 Bathsheba’s beauty tempted David; 2Sa 14:25-26; Est 1:10-11; Est 2:7 Esther’s beauty was an opportunity for God.