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All right, and I apologize if I pronounce your name wrong, but I’m just going to do my best. Apia is asking, it was okay, one of the two, or it could be different. But anyway, this person is asking who influenced Lucifer to rebel against God?
That is a great question. Apaya appeal, my friend. I’m so glad that you asked this question and that’s really interesting. I’ve never really thought about Lucifer being influenced by anybody. But let’s go to the Bible really quick. There’s just two quick verses I want to share with you to hopefully answer this question pretty clearly. If you go to the book of Isaiah, chapter 14, verse twelve, this is where the name Lucifer is introduced. And we know this to be that covering chair of the angel that became who we know as Satan. And so it says in Isaiah chapter 14, verse twelve, it says how you are fallen from heaven, o Lucifer, son of the morning, how you are cut down to the ground, who weaken the nations. And I think the answer is really in the next two verses, as well as another verse I’m going to share with you in just a second. And so in verse 13, it says, for you have said in your heart my throne above the stars of God, I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north. And the devil goes on to say, or Lucifer in verse 14 says, I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.
So here we see in verses 13 and 14, basically it says, Lucifer said in his own heart he wasn’t influenced by anybody but his own self. And it makes you kind of wonder, why would he come up with these crazy ideas that he could be like the Most High, be like God? And really the answer goes to kind of what we see in the book of Ezekiel chapter 28. I know these are very common versus to talk about the devil because it’s really some of the only verses the Bible talks about Satan. And if you look in Ezekiel chapter 28, verses 14 to 17, I think this is the answer. And I’ll close with this. So if you go to Ezekiel chapter 28, verses 14 to 17, the Bible reads, it says you were the anointed sheriff who covers I established you. This is God talking to Lucifer who became the devil. He says, you were on the holy mountain of God. You walked back and forth in the midst of the fiery stones. This would be in God’s holy temple in heaven, because we know he was cast down from heaven. And then in verse 15, it goes on to say, you were perfect in your ways from the day you were created until iniquity was found in you, so until sin was found in you.
And then in verse 16, it says, by the abundance of your trading, you became filled with violence within and you sinned. So this was an inner struggle that the devil struggled with. But then you might think, he says, therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God and I destroyed you a covered chair from the midst of fiery stones. In verse 17, it says, your heart was lifted up because of your beauty. And so here I really think that’s the epitome of why Satan fell is because he thought he was so beautiful and great. He said, you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground. I laid you before kings that they might gaze at you. And so basically the thing is with Lucifer, as he became prideful, he started saying, like, I want to be like God. I want this high position. I want to be exalted. I want to be worshiped. And he thought he deserved this because he saw how beautiful he was. He saw how talented he was. And so he thought, well, why aren’t I worshiped? Why aren’t I exalted?
I had the highest position in heaven, next to God. Basically. He did have a high position as a covering chair. If you know anything about the sanctuary, there’s actually in the most holy place, there are only two angels and they cover the glory of God. That shaky and glory. And so it’s saying that he was the covering cherub. So there was only one other angel as glorious as he was, and yet he decided that he wanted to receive the worship and glory that only belonged to God. And so I don’t think he was influenced by anybody but Himself. And I think that really is the key to any sin as far as where it forms itself. We have nothing to fear but honestly ourselves, because that is really the root of where pretty much all sin comes from is a desire to fulfill self and to exalt self, as opposed to exalting God and giving Him the glory that he deserves and understanding your place in the universe, which is that we are God’s creation and that only God deserves the glory. Only God deserves the worship. I hope that answers your question. As far as where the influence came from, it came from within.
It came from his own heart deceiving Himself. And we have to be very careful that we don’t fall into the same exact pattern because as soon as we start thinking we’re so great, we deserve to be exalted and lifted up, we need to hump ourselves before the mighty God. And God will lift us up in due time if we submit to his will. So, Jay or Wendy, any other thoughts on that? Nope. Amen.
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