The Mischievous Minister of Music #4

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

“Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created (Ezekiel 28:13 KJV).

Who is this musician, and how did he destroy his ministry?

Satan (Hebrew, “adversary”) was not always God’s opponent. Originally, he was “perfect in [his] ways;” iniquity, crookedness, was found in him later (verse 15).

JEHOVAH God speaks to Satan in Isaiah chapter 14: “[12] How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! [13] For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: [14] I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. [15] Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

Satan’s original name was Lucifer (Latin, “light-bearer”). Lucifer’s wings opened and stretched over God’s throne; his precious-stone-studded coat (today’s Scripture) was a prism that refracted/bent the light emanating from God’s presence below. Lucifer’s body played music. At the base of God’s throne is a sea of glass (Revelation 4:6)—a giant mirror that reflects God’s glory. Lucifer, beautiful and intelligent, noticed his own reflection below; he began to covet God’s throne. Lifted up by pride (1 Timothy 3:6; Ezekiel 28:17), Lucifer was condemned; he wanted creation to praise him.

Again, Satan was formerly a musician. As God’s “anointed cherub,” he was endowed with immense wisdom to use in devising ways to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. Lucifer was a musicologist: he studied music. However, one day, he determined that creation should worship him instead of God. Once Adam fell into sin, Satan seized that earthly crown and corrupted Earth’s world system. Music could be used to his advantage; it did not have to praise God as before….

Our latest Bible Q&A: “Which belongs in Romans 8:16 and Romans 8:26 in the King James Bible—‘the Spirit itself’ or ‘the Spirit Himself?’