Saturday, June 19, 2021
“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).
Behold, the first narcissist!
Some 650 billion “selfies”—photos of one’s self—are posted online on social-media platforms daily (on average, 100 pictures per person on Earth). People are even frequently compelled to consider cosmetic surgery to have more attractive profile pictures! Like Lucifer (Satan) of today’s Scripture, dear friends, we have fallen in love with ourselves.
The Lord GOD spoke to Satan who was possessing the king of Tyrus: “…Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.  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.  Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.  Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
As Lucifer who saw and stared at his stunning reflection in the sea of glass before God’s throne (Revelation 4:6; Revelation 15:2), we too are more focused on the creature than the Creator: “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: I [!] will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I [!] will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13,14). God replied to Satan in verse 15: “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Sinful man will suffer a similar fate!
“…[F]or the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).