Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 4 (Lucifer’s Music Solo, Part 2: Pleasing God or Man?)

By admin On June 7th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 4

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Lucifer’s Music Solo, Part 2: Pleasing God or Man?

To read Part 1, click here… Today’s Devotional – March 25th (Lucifer’s Music Solo)

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“For they loved the praise of men

more than the praise of God.”

John 12:43

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Now any biblical discussion about the music of this world and even in the Church would not be complete without at least a mention of Lucifer and his musicianship.

 

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So the first biblical mention of Lucifer’s musical abilities is found in Isaiah. 

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Listen…“Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. 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!” Isaiah 14:11, 12.

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So in these above words of Isaiah, it is mentioned here that Lucifer had music abilities, where it says… “Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and THE NOISE OF THY VIOLS…O Lucifer, son of the morning!”

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Here it is revealed that Lucifer was somehow intimately connected with viols. These viols would, no doubt, be stringed instruments.

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Lucifer Fallen Gustave Dore Wikipedia US public domain

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WIND & PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS

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Now many theologians also attribute this following passage to Lucifer as well… “the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created…” Ezekiel 28:14, 15, 17 [condensed].

Lucifer - By Gustave Dore - Wikimedia - Public Domain

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So if both these passages apply to Lucifer, then it is a dramatic testimony to Lucifer’s musical abilities. Tabrets are percussion instruments. Pipes would be wind instruments or organ pipes. Viols of course, would be stringed instruments.

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Well, you could probably say that Lucifer was a veritable “One-Man-Orchestra/Choir”!

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Lucifer – By Gustave Dore – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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LUCIFER’S EARTHLY OFFICE

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Now it could be conjectured about Lucifer’s position in Heaven, or perhaps about him being the chief choir director in Heaven.

Stuck Lucifer ca-1890 - wikimedia - public-domain

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But we do know that Lucifer was cast out of Heaven and now is known as “the god of this world” (see 2nd Corinthians 4:4).

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And we also know that he is called, “the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” Ephesians 2:2

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And given these three facts (his in-built musical instruments, his being “god of this world”, and his being “the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience”), then it is not too difficult to deduce that this fallen angel continues his musical abilities right here in this fallen world, Planet Earth!

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Stuck Lucifer ca-1890 – wikimedia – public-domain

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PRIDE CAUSED LUCIFER’S FALL!

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But the big point is, that it was Lucifer’s beauty which caused his heart to be lifted up.

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And because God has warned us not to be lifted up in our own hearts, one would think that Christians, above all others, would be taking precautions, not to allow ourselves to follow in Lucifer’s footsteps!

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For anyone who has performed some artistic ability in public arenas, there is an undeniable swelling of pride, especially when one receives praise over that performance. At times, this swelling of pride can almost reach the point of a narcotic-like rapture!

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And so, it is not hard to imagine how Lucifer allowed his musical abilities to go to his head. Just imagine how he felt, with all the angels of Heaven admiring his beauty, for all those eras of time.

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Gustave Dore – Paradise Lost illustration – Lucifer becomes Satan – Wikimedia – US Public Domain

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LOVING THE PRAISE OF MEN

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Perhaps the greatest danger in solo performances is the temptation to please the audience more than to praise God!

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Listen… “For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” John 12:43

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We live in a world that is totally Man-centered. There is little attempt to please God in this world. Only those who are led by the Spirit will attempt to please God. But as far as the world? No! The world is only interested in Man. And let’s face it! This world is becoming increasingly more “ME!” oriented! Selfishness is now coming in to its fulness. Oh yes, selfishness has always been the fundamental motivation of the fallen human race. But in today’s decadent, hedonistic cultures, the culture of “ME!” is being taken to entirely new heights! No more do we try to hide our selfish motivation in life!

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Shoppers in Toronto – Wikimedia – share-alike license

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REFLECTS OUR SELFISHNESS

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And this truth is very evident in the music world. And our music reflects this self-absorption.

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The “greater good of society” has been replaced by “my own selfish desires” to a great degree.

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Unfortunately, the Christian community has embraced the sensual and self-aggrandizing music of the world. Yes, today’s hedonistic music has found its way onto the church stages in the western societies, it appears!

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Church music – Singers & Dancers – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

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But today’s devotional will narrow the focus down to the solo singing which is commonly heard in today’s church services.

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singer – Wikimedia – C.C. Share-alike License

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FRILLS & TRILLS

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Yes, so much of the solo singing heard today is an unashamed attempt to please the audience’s carnal tastes. And so, the singer strains his or her vocal chords to imitate the sexy-sensuality so common among secular singers. And perhaps there are various trills and other such vocal frills thrown in to the performance, merely to impress the audience.

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8 musicians motion blur experimental digital photography by Rick Doble. – Wikimedia – C.C. GNU License

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WHAT DID JESUS DO?

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Just what does the Bible have to say about all singing? Certainly as we read the Gospels, the few times music was mentioned, it was very simple, in which the disciples merely sang sacred hymns together, without any mention of solo singing…

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Listen… “And when they (Jesus & disciples) had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.” Matthew 26:30

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Very simple and spontaneous was the music in the early Church. There was none of the elaborate musical filigree which we hear in today’s music! No attempts were made to tickle the ears of double-minded church-goers with flesh-pleasing orchestrating, and sensual, dreamy-eyed singers attempting to dazzle their hearers by their great vocal abilities! 

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No, there was only the trembling, faithful voices of pilgrims, joining their voices together as one, lifting their hearts up to Heaven in joy and thankfulness to their Creator/Redeemer!

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Jesus over Jerusalem- Enrique Simonet – Flevit super illam – 1892 – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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SCRIPTURE SONGS

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Perhaps the best innovation which came out of the Twentieth Century were those simple “Scripture Songs”, which were nothing more than a scripture verse or two, set to a simple melody.

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Yes, most of those little songs were composed in simplicity and without any sensuality or pride. And they were a great way for children and adults to memorize Scripture, as they were sung collectively during the worship hour, or individually, amidst one’s daily duties!

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Yes, those little songs were the closest thing to the Psalms of David (which we find in the center of our Bibles.) 

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David the Shepherd Boy – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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CONTINUED TOMORROW. CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Keep me back from this desire of pride to vaunt myself before others, trying to impress people, rather than God…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Running The Christian Race (Part 2, Sensual Music), or you can also read this shorter article… Today’s Devotional – March 25th (Lucifer’s Music Solo)

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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“Let my prayer 

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be set forth

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before Thee as incense;

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and the lifting up

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of my hands

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as the evening sacrifice.”

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Psalm 142:2

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“WOMAN ON THE  ALTAR” CONSTELLATION… 

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This “Golden Altar” Constellation is only seen in winter through spring, in mid-sky.  It is to the south of the “Fleeing Woman Constellation” (AKA Ursa Major  or The Big Dipper).

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The “Fleeing Woman of Revelation 12” Constellation is in the northeastern sky in this sketch. You would be facing east and looking very high up almost to mid-sky to see this constellation group this way. The altar is farther south but still in the eastern sky. This altar itself is commonly known as Leo Major“, with the smoke rising beingLeo Minor“.

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A little farther down this page is the sketch of this same constellation in the latter part of winter, when you look at them facing westward. You will notice that what looked like Gospel seed being cast from her left hand and left foot (see “Woman of Revelation 12-The Fleeing Woman” article for explanation of casting “Gospel Seed”) now appears like smoke or incense rising from the altar. It is not clear why the altar is sideways in back of the Woman. It would make more sense if it were directly under the Woman. However, the Lord must have some spiritual truth to convey concerning this odd positioning of the Altar. The 7 Stars (Big Dipper) is easy to see with its very bright 7 stars. But the Revelation 12 Woman (Ursa Major) must be seen on a dark starry night, away from city lights.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Woman of Revelation 12, (“The Woman on the Altar”)

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TOMORROW…

JULY 5 (Lucifer’s Music Solo, Part 2, Continued: Pleasing God or Man?)

 

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