DayBreaks for 8/5/16 – From Light Bearer to Prince of Darkness

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.

Copyright 2016, Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

 

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DayBreaks for 11/15/13 – Can Lucifer Be Far Behind?

DayBreaks for 11/15/13 – Can Lucifer Be Far Behind?

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 11/6/2002:

Leviticus 18:21 – “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.

Jeremiah 32:35 – “They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.

From C. S. Lewis for the Third Millennium, by Peter Kreeft: “…if no bright sacred mysteries anchor man’s life, the dark mysteries arise…Denied Jehovah, we turn to Molech, for man cannot live without those gods.  The battles on our earth always begin in the heavens.  It is Molech come again who has devoured 20 million (GCD note: as of 11/4/13, the number of legal abortions since Roe vs. Wade in the US is now 50 million) unborn babies with the blessing of our Supreme Court.  Is it not hypocritical to ask God to deliver us from the horrors of nuclear holocaust when we ‘cause our sons and daughters to pass through the fire’ of the great abortion holocaust?  And when Molech comes, can Lucifer be far behind?

The first 3 chapters of Romans paint a rather bleak picture of humanity.  They wind up proclaiming one simple, all-concluding fact: “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”  The Gentiles were without excuse and are sinners.  The Jews were without excuse and are sinners.  We have all alike denied the reality of God.  But it seems that when mankind denies the One True God, that we find it necessary to elevate someone or something to the place that rightly belongs to the God of heaven.  One way or another, whether he realizes it or not, man has always worshiped a “god” of some kind.  As Peter Kreeft points out: when we deny God, we turn to something less than God, often to something very MUCH less than God (isn’t everything?!?!).  Since we don’t want the holy and righteous God, we want one that lets us do the things we want without any guilt.   So should it surprise us that once we begin to deny the reality of God that things rapidly turn to evil?

If Molech was the bane of Israel, is there any other way to see the abortion holocaust that has bled its way across the face of our country?  I seriously doubt that 20 million children in total were ever sacrificed to Molech.  The name of our modern god isn’t Molech, it goes by many names including Convenience, Choice, or Right to Choose.  It doesn’t matter what you call it – once this beast has been loosed on the land, can Lucifer himself be far behind?

PRAYER: Mercy, Lord Jesus, have mercy on us all for our worship of false gods!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 02/23/12 – The Bread of Lucifer

DayBreaks for 02/23/12 – The Bread of Lucifer

From the DayBreaks archive, dated 2/14/2002:

Matthew 4:1-4 – “1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”  4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

There are several things about this passage that are interesting.  First, “Jesus was led by the Spirit” into the desert for the expressed purpose of being tempted by the devil.  I don’t like that idea.  The concept that the Spirit might lead someone to a particular place or situation for the purpose of being tempted is scary?  I mean, if the Spirit would lead Jesus into the desert to be tempted, why won’t the Spirit do the same to/for me?  We view it in a negative way, of course, and for Jesus, it was part of his becoming able to identify with us in our temptation.  Still…it is an interesting, if not frightening, thought – one that I will have to consider and pray about.

On the surface, the temptation doesn’t seem to be that difficult.  What was Satan really after?  All he asked Jesus to do was to turn the stones into bread.  What’s the harm in that?  Well, as usual with Satan, there is more than meets the eye, and there are hidden motivations and trickery afoot any time he appears on the scene.  I think that Calvin Miller in The Unchained Soul, had an interesting insight that may be right: “Christ rejected the bread of Lucifer.  It was not the bread that he rejected so much as self-gratification.  If he makes bread out of one stone, he may create wine from the next and so on, till his self-denial is literally swallowed up in gluttony.  Christ freed himself from this material bondage to be the role model for our own self-denial.  Materialism does not always consist in what we have, but in what we hunger for.  It is not our concern about bread but our temptation to hoard it that sins so against our Lord’s wilderness example.

What if Christ gave in to self-gratification?  He was God, after all.  He could have indulged every whim that crossed his omniscient mind and no one could have stopped him.  But Jesus didn’t give in to that temptation, giving us an example to follow.  Isn’t there a lot of truth in the sentence about materialism not being what we have, but in what we hunger for?  This means that we could be materialistic, even though we may not have the things we desire, but simply because we desire them ourselves and they consume our minds, desires and passions.  We are materialists if we long for things more than we long for Jesus.

PRAYER: Let the longings of our hearts be in alignment with the great command!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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