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Thursday, December 18 2014
Psalm 27: How Does Satan Impersonate Jesus Christ?
"The LORD is my light and my salvation"
We live in a world in which there are many "shiny" things. Some are or remain truly good (the Creation was beautiful and magnificent; see By Him Were All Things Created), but others now only seem right because they seem so bright and beautiful. It's a classic failure of logic that can be best-proven in how the Messiah deliberately, as another undoing of the vain world that Satan has created, had "no beauty that we should desire him" when He lived as a mortal man - and yet no one has ever been as good and righteous.
"53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:2-5 KJV)
How then is it possible, but not inevitable, for evil to exist and prosper in what is beautiful? If what is "evil" happens to be able to think, what would make them want to misuse the beauty and brightness, that the LORD gave to them when they were created, only to squander it on foolish wickedness? (see also What Does Wicked Mean?)
The answer can be found (and widely seen - including in supposed crucifixion images and idols that show a man without any injuries to mar his "beauty" - beauty that, as we read above, the Scriptures say the Messiah never had; see the Fact Finder question below) in the experience of the creator of evil, now known as Satan (which means, in effect, bad mouth; see also What Is Satan's Real Name?). Satan became vain and narcissistic when his "heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness" - the ultimate "selfie."
"28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee." (Ezekiel 28:17 KJV)
Satan remains "bright" (demons, all angels, too were created beautiful) - but he uses it, to use people, who in turn serve as bright beacons of spiritual darkness. Salvation is found in the true Light, not in what merely appears bright and beautiful as it rebels against the LORD, in His Name (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
King David was often targeted by Satan to commit sin (see Why Did King David Purchase The Temple Mount? and David And Bathsheba), but whenever it happened, David repented. He didn't make excuses, he didn't blame others - nor did he continue on following something that, while seeming so bright and beautiful, would have misled him to condemnation. "The LORD" is my Light, not Satan, is a principle that all of humanity would do well to heed while they may still have the time to do so.
"27:1 A Psalm of David.
This Day In History, December 18
218 BC: The Battle of the Trebia during the Second Punic War; Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeated those of the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1118: Afonso the Battler, the King of Aragon, captured Saragossa from the Muslims who then held Spain (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1271: Kublai Khan renamed his empire "Yuan," thereby beginning the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China.
1398: Turkish warrior Timur Lenk (Tamurlane) conquered Delhi.
1642: Abel Tasman became the first (known) European to land in New Zealand (Tasmania is named after Tasman).
1737: Antonio Stradivari, the famous Italian violin-maker, died.
1813: Fort Niagara was captured by the British from the U.S. during the War of 1812 (1812-1814).
1863: Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria, was born. His assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 sparked the chain of events which ignited the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1865: The 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was proclaimed.
1892: The first public performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1898: The first official automobile speed record was set: 39 miles / 63 kilometers per hour.
1912: Charles Dawson (not to be confused with Charles Darwin) discovered fossils which became known as the "Piltdown Man" in East Sussex, England, and claimed they were remains of primitive man. It was later discovered to be a hoax (listen also to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1914: A few months after the start of the First World War, Britain declared Egypt its protectorate for the time that it would be freed from Ottoman occupation. Egypt was declared independent in 1922.
1916: During the First World War, the Battle of Verdun ended after 10 months of fighting - France and Germany lost 330,000 killed and wounded.
1939: At the start of the Second World War, the first contingent of Canadian troops arrived in Britain to join with the British in the war against Hitler. The troops of the First Canadian Division had sailed from Halifax on December 10 in 5 ocean liners, accompanied by the Royal Canadian Navy battleship Resolution. When they reached the Clyde there was a great array of British sea power to welcome them. Winston Churchill, then First Lord of The Admiralty, broadcast the news of the Canadians' safe arrival with His famous "It has warmed the cockles of our hearts."
1940: Adolf Hitler issued the orders for the invasion of the Soviet Union - known as Operation Barbarossa (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1956: Japan was admitted to the United Nations.
1969: Britain abolished the death penalty.
1972: During the Vietnam War, U.S. President Richard Nixon (then under investigation for the criminal Watergate burglaries, and in need of a foreign boogyman to divert attention) declared that the U.S. would attack North Vietnam during a series of Christmas bombings.
1989: The European Economic Community and the Soviet Union signed an agreement on trade, commercial and economic cooperation.
2006: The United Arab Emirates held its first-ever elections.
2008: Mark Felt died at age 95. Felt, an FBI agent before and during the Nixon administration, was identified as the Watergate "Deep Throat" informant to Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. The leads that Felt provided eventually brought about Nixon's resignation and the criminal conviction of numerous of Nixon's associates.