DayBreaks for 8/05/16 – From Light Bearer to Prince of Darkness
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2006:
When we think of the devil, we usually call him either Devil or Satan. These names essentially mean the same thing: “adversary” or “accuser”. But there is another name for the devil in scripture and it is found only once in Isaiah where he is called Lucifer (the NIV puts it “morning star”). The name Lucifer means “light-bearer”, “bright star”, “brightness” or “morning star”. In Isaiah 14.12-15 and Ezekiel 28.11-19, there are some passages that many believe to be descriptions of the fall of Lucifer (couched in terms of the king of Babylon or Tyre, respectively). In Ezekiel it describes Satan as being the model of perfection among created beings, surpassing everything else beauty and wisdom. He was described as being on the mountain of God, and Isaiah describes him as the morning star.
But, there was a problem. As beautiful as he may have looked on the outside, there was a cancer eating away at him on the inside – pride that led to rebellion. And instead of living up to his name of Lucifer (light-bearer), he became the prince of darkness that rules (temporarily) over the pit of hell.
I’d not really thought too much about this before, but it struck me this morning that we are not all that different from Satan in many ways. We were created to glorify God. Mankind, among the things that are created in Genesis, is the only thing of which it is said that it was “very good”. We were made in His image, to have fellowship with Him. We were created to bear and reflect His glorious light.
But, there was a problem. Like Satan, our pride took over. We began to exalt our wishes over God’s wishes for us. We filled ourselves up with our learning and our intellect and minds became darkened as we became convinced that we knew better than God what was the right way to do things and what was best for us.
We all did it. I’m not the exception to the rule and neither are you. We, like Lucifer, were created to be light bearers but our light went out because of sin.
But that’s where the similarity ends. Lucifer is bound, destined to be cast into utter darkness forever. God couldn’t stand for that to be our fate so He stepped in, and as Colossians 1.13 puts it: For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Likewise, in Paul’s defense before Agrippa, he describes God’s work in Acts 26.18 this way: …to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
Lucifer’s fate has been determined and decreed by God. We have a choice. We can be light-bearers, servants of the One in whom is no darkness at all, or servants of the prince of darkness. As Joshua put it: Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…
PRAYER: Help us to bear Your light not just today, but every day, that Your glory may be seen. Help us Lord to keep our lamps trimmed and bright so that those who are lost in darkness may be drawn to You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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