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THE DEVIL IS REAL

August 17, 2015

Monday

 

Isaiah 14:12

 

“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!

 

 

LESSON

 

A suggested summary of the story would be: Helel son of Schachar was a great hero who determined to make himself the equal of a god, El Elyon. His ambition was to raise himself above the clouds, above all the stars of god, to the very mountain in the farthest north where gods gather and there to reign as king over the universe, including the gods. But the conclusion of this ill-advised ambition was his precipitous fall into Sheol, perhaps after a battle with El Elyon himself.

To tempt us to be like God is an easy temptation for Satan, since this was the same temptation that he faced when he was cast down. Consider the Garden from the book of Genesis. It was a place where we could walk and talk with God enjoying his presence without guilt or shame. We had a perfect and complete relationship with God.  Since the time when man was cast out of the garden, God has been working to restore that intimate relationship. The replacement for the garden, where we will be in his presence forever, is what we know as Heaven.

 

Memory Verse: John 8:44

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