September 2, 2016
Have you ever wondered why God put us on the same planet as the devil himself, when there are billion other planets He could have placed us on? There are a couple of dimensions to our coexistence on this earth. First of all, we’re here to do damage to the devil by worshiping God while he watches. Most theologians believe that Lucifer was the third archangel who had the responsibility of leading worship around the throne of God.
Lucifer, King of Tyre
The prophet Isaiah mentions “Your pomp and the music of your harps” when making reference to the being that most theologians believe is Lucifer (Isaiah 14:11). But the most intriguing passages concerning Lucifer were written by the prophet Ezekiel. You will notice that he calls him the king of Tyre, but he couldn’t have literally been an earthly king because Ezekiel said that he was in the Garden of Eden.
Again the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. “ You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; the beryl, the onyx and the jasper; the lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you. On the day that you were created they were prepared. “You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you.” By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, that they may see you. “By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you; it has consumed you, and I have turned you to ashes on the earth in the eyes of all who see you. “All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have become terrified and you will cease to be forever,”(Ezekiel 28:11-19).
There are a few interesting things that stand out to me in these passages. The first one is that Lucifer seems to have been in the garden of God called Eden, in a much different condition than we find him in at the Genesis Garden of Eden. I would like to propose to you that the Garden of Eden in the Book of Genesis was a replica of the garden in Heaven. It could very well have been a kind of, “on earth as it is in heaven,” sort of concept.
Pride vs. Worship
The next thing that stands out in Ezekiel’s discourse is it is very possible that Lucifer, the covering cherub, had musical instruments fashioned into his body by God. Ezekiel said Lucifer had “settings and sockets” within him. The Hebrew word for settings is “toph” which means tambourines or timbrel and the Hebrew word for sockets is “naqab” which can mean bored holes (as in a flute).[i] He goes on to say, “in the unrighteousness of your trade you profane the sanctuaries.” Many take this to mean that when Lucifer led worship in the sanctuary of heaven that his beauty and splendor undermined his call to worship. In other words, his pride and arrogance caused him to draw attention to himself instead of directing worship towards God.
But there’s one other profound truth that really captured my attention. Lucifer is said to have been beautiful and full of splendor. There are a few different Hebrew words used for beauty or beautiful in the Bible. Yet all but three times the Hebrew words for “beauty” are used to describe people, it’s always in reference to women. In other words, God said that Lucifer was extraordinarily beautiful and full of splendor. Much like Lucifer, the covering cherub, women are described as beautiful 26 times in the Old Testament alone, while men are only described as handsome (the same Hebrew root word as beautiful) three times.
God’s Most Stunning Creation
Okay Kris, what’s your point? Before Lucifer was reduced to an ugly and grotesque serpent eating the dust of the earth, he was God’s most beautiful creation in heaven. Not only are women created in the image and likeness of God; they were also fashioned to be God’s most stunning creation. I’d like to suggest to you that a once beautiful cherub, who corrupted his trade and was cast out of heaven for being arrogant about his beauty and splendor, became extraordinarily ugly and is now seething with jealousy towards the King’s gorgeous daughters. It’s just another reason why this fallen angel hates women more than men!
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