I have heard for a long time, in quiet whispers and uncertain comments, passing remarks, and unsupported speculations, that Lucifer (the archangel that fell and became Satan) was the music/worship leader in heaven. I had heard that somewhere, the bible referred to his harp, etc. But for the life of me in scouring my bible, I had never been able to find the reference.
In a fit of not being able to sleep, I decided to resort to Google. After sifting through more unhelpful and unsupported claims on whacko Web sites, I finally came across one whose views I didn’t agree with completely, but at least they had supporting scripture to the theory. Finally! Thus ends a several year off-and-on search for this reference.
Isaiah 14 is typically seen as prophetic and speaking to the king of Babylon, which represents satan:
verse 11: Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, the sound of your harps; maggots are laid as a bed beneath you, and worms are your covers.
12 “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!
13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit.
Ezekiel 28 is also seen as a similar passage, against the king of Tyre, who also apparently represents Satan. The reason I’d never seen this is because I don’t read the NKJV, which renders the passage like so:
Verse 12 “ You were the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, Beryl, onyx, and jasper, Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes Was prepared for you on the day you were created.
14 “ You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.
15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. 16 “ By the abundance of your trading You became filled with violence within, And you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing Out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the fiery stones.
Harps, Timbrels, and Pipes. Musical instruments. Interesting, slightly trivial, though perhaps a tad unsettling for me, being a worship leader. All I know for sure is that Satan is our enemy, and he is trying to kill us, and we are to resist him.
*Painting “Cast Down” by Duncan Long.
[tags]Lucifer, worship, christianity[/tags]