Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Creative Power of the Voice of God - No. 3

~ Day 6 ~ 
On the sixth day, the Father, Son, and Spirit crowned their creative work by making human beings in their own image. The Trinity wanted to place a creature on earth that would reflect many of Their incredible attributes. And so God made the first man, Adam. However, seeing that the isolation of man was not good,1 He took a rib from Adam’s side and fashioned Eve 2 as his ideal companion and helper.

God also created spirits to specifically minister His loving care 3 to the one’s He made in His image somewhere in the midst of this initial time period.4 He called them angels.5 These ministering spirits were not glorified human beings.

Marring the harmony, beauty and awe of all that God had brought into being by His spoken word, one of the most beautiful ministering spirits 6 refused to submit to the rule and authority of the Three-and-One by spearheading an ugly rebellion. The brilliance of this rebel was so great that he was allegorically referred to in ancient scroll of Isaiah as the star of the morning (or Lucifer7) and the son of the dawn.  In his rebellion, he vowed five times to elevate himself by refusing to submit to the direction and supremacy of the Creator. 8 One third of the angels 9 joined in his rebellion. Revelation 12:9 says, And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. After his rebellion, Lucifer was referred to with numerous others names such as the great dragon, the serpent, the devil, and Satan.

This is the third part of some thoughts I wrote in the fall of 2012 in an attempt to capture the incredible power, glory, splendor, radiance, and majesty of God speaking in the creation. I'd enjoy any feedback you might have:
~ Rusty Rustenbach © 2012


1  This is the first time in the creation narrative that God declared that something He had created as “not good.”
3  Based on Hebrews 1:14 (amp): “Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service <of God for the assistance> of   those who are to inherit salvation?”
4   In Job 38:4 & 7 (niv) we see the angels singing praise at the creation of the earth. “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.  While the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?"
5 The word “angel” and “angels” appears in the Bible 283 times.
6 Ezekiel 28:12-18 allegorically refers to the perfection and beauty of the devil and says he was originally “anointed as a guardian cherub” and that his “heart became proud on account of (his) beauty.”
7 Isaiah 14:12 employs the Hebrew word לליה (heylel) to describe this angel who chose rebellion. Strong’s concordance translates this word as either the morning star or Lucifer.
8 "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! 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; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’” Isaiah 14:12-14 (nkjv).
9 Revelation 12:4 alludes to one third of the angels joining in his rebellion.

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