Isaiah 13 & 14
2 Corinthians 3.1-18
I Know What the Bible Says, but …
Isaiah 13 & 14:
I Will Be Like God!
12 “How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!
13 For you have said in your heart.
‘I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;
I will also sit on the mount of the congregation
On the farthest sides of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’
In this glimpse into heaven we see Lucifer, one of God’s created angels, cast out of heaven, because he wanted to exalt his throne, his authority, above God’s. He wanted to be his own god.
And isn’t that what he suggested to Eve?
“Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3.4-5).
It seems ridiculous that either of them could think they could exalt themselves above God … and yet, every time we say, “I know what the Bible says, but …” we’re doing the same thing!
I know what the Bible says about unforgiveness, but (you don’t know what they did to me).
I know what the Bible says about divorce, but (I’m sure God wants me to be happy).
I know the Bible says about homosexuality, but (I was born this way).
I know what the Bible says about abortion, but (shouldn’t every child be a wanted child or what if the woman was raped or you just don’t understand my situation).
I know what the Bible says about sex before marriage, but (we’re going to get married anyway or it’s just a piece of paper or this isn’t the first century).
I know what the Bible says about ___________, but __________. How do you fill in those blanks?
Today’s Other Readings:
Verse 21 begins, “They forgot God their Savior …” It’s so easy for us, too, to get our eyes off of Him and unto the circumstances of life … to forget what He has done by saving us … so easy to focus on our perceived needs or to justify our sinful attitudes and forget our God.
Don’t Toot Your Own Horn
“Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of the great; for it is better that he say to you, ‘Come up here,’ than that you should be put lower in the presence of the prince, whom your eyes have seen.”
In other words “don’t toot your own horn” or you may be embarrassed when you are put in your place.
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (Jas. 4.6).
2 Corinthians 3.1-18:
Verse 3.2, “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men.”
Each of you is an epistle, an open letter, read by those around you. And make no mistake they are reading you!
Some are reading with a heart to understand what is different about you. Some are reading with a skeptical attitude, just waiting to see you act like the rest of the world. Some are waiting to trip you up. But whatever the motivations of their hearts, they are reading you.
It’s a big responsibility and sometimes it’s tempting to wonder why God would trust others’ opinions of Himself to us, but He does.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us …” (2 Cor. 5.20).
We must seek His grace daily to make a good representation of Him to a dying world.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world” (Phil. 2.14-15).
What are others reading about God from your life?
In the next few days, we’ll talk about the importance of good doctrine, ask ourselves whether we’re shining the light of Christ or whining like the rest of the world and more.
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