“I Know What the Bible Says, but …” September 11

 

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Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 13 & 14
Psalm 106.19-23
Proverbs 25.6-7
2 Corinthians 3.1-18

 

I Know What the Bible Says, but …

 

Isaiah 13 & 14:

I Will Be Like God!

 

Chapter 14.12-14:

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!

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