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Volume 23, Number 31

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In this issue:

Lucifer and His Fall
L. A. Stauffer

Lucifer comes from a Latin word that meant “morning star” or “light bringing.” It is also used to denote the planet Venus when it appears as the morning star. Most of us are more familiar with its use as a name for Satan. English dictionaries define it as “a proud religious archangel, identified with Satan, who fell from heaven.”
The “name” has been associated with Satan for two reasons: One, “lucifer” is the translation of the Hebrew word heylel or helel in Jerome’s Latin translation of Isaiah 14:12 early in the fifth century A. D. The “old” King James Version transliterated the word into a proper name in this verse. Two, this translation in Isaiah 14:12 describes one who “has fallen from heaven” and been “cut down to the earth.” Because Jesus refers to Satan falling from heaven (see Luke 10:18), it has been assumed by many commentators that Isaiah is referring to the origin of the devil: a good angel who sinned and was cast out of heaven.

While this may be true about the origin of Satan, it is not what Jesus is discussing and has nothing at all to do with what Isaiah foresees. Isaiah says plainly that his prophecy denotes the downfall of the “king of Babylon” (Isaiah 14:4). The prophet begins this oracle against Babylon in chapter 13 and continues his description of the fall of the nation and its king in chapter 14.

Isaiah employs a number of “stellar” and “heavenly” images in chapter 13 to portray the fall of the nation: “for the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give light; the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine.” This, he says, refers to the “day of Jehovah” that comes “cruel, with wrath, and fierce anger” to make the land of Babylon a desolation (Isa. 13:9-10).

These portraits foresee the end of the exaltation of this nation used by God as a rod of His indignation against Assyria and His own people––Judah (see Isaiah 10:5 for God’s use of nations). God later explains to Habakkuk that Babylon was guilty of blood-thirsty cruelty in conquering these nations and deserves to fall from its exalted place (Hab. 2). God describes this fall in Isaiah 14:12: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O day star [Lucifer, KJV], son of morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, that didst lay low the nations.”

Isaiah follows this verse by highlighting the arrogance of the king of Babylon as a “man” that boasted, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; and I will sit upon the mount of congregation, in the uttermost parts of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High” (Isa. 14:13-14). All this, as seen in Daniel 4, depicts accurately the pride of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon.

The prophet sees the Babylonian king as one who exalted himself as the “morning star” but is humbled and brought low by the wrath and judgment of God. “Lucifer” is an unfortunate translation of the Hebrew word for “day star” as a personal name. But more than that, Satan is nowhere discussed in this prophecy. “Lucifer,” in the original King James Version of the Bible, is the king of Babylon—not Satan.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS


What Unity Looks Like (Part 1)
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Philippians 2:1-4

1. Phil. 2:1-2: Because of our spiritual blessings in Christ, Paul urges saints to fill up his joy by being united with the same mind, harmonious treatment, and relations.
2. What unity in Christ looks like in real life.


  A. Unity is in Christ, John 17:20-23.
  B. Unity Results from Our Fellowship with Christ, 1 Cor. 1:9-10 (1 John 1:3).
  C. We Are Called to Live with the Attitudes that Protect Our Unity with Peaceful Bonds, Eph. 4:1-3.


  A. Evil Motives Delay, Diminish, and Destroy Unity.
    1. Selfish ambition, 3 John 9; Phil. 1:15-16; Titus 3:10-11.
    2. Conceit, Gal. 5:26, 14-15.
  B. Humility is a Sense of Our Smallness When Compared to Others 1 Sam. 15:17 (9:21); 1 Pet. 5:5.
  C. We Are Humble When We Hold Others as More Important than Ourselves.
    1. Examples: Jesus, Matt. 20:28; Husbands, Eph. 5:2
    2. To receive each other, Mark 9:33-37.
    3. To yield to each other, Eph. 5:21; cf. Jesus, John 13:14-17.

1. Unity possible, Eph. 4:1-3.
2. Unity is a tremendous blessing, Ps. 133:1.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS


What Unity Looks Like (Part 2)
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Philippians 2:5-11

1. The “unity of the Spirit” looks very different from the unity offered by the churches of men:
  a. Ecumenical | Denominational union.
  b. Unity in Christ, Eph. 4:4-6.
2. Continue what unity looks like from Phil. 2.


  A. This Does Not Endorse Being Busybodies, 1 Pet. 4:15; Prov. 16:27-28; 17:9.
  B. The Interests of Others is Our First Concern, 1 Cor. 12:25-27.
    1. Why? We are members of same body.
    2. How? By sharing the same mind of looking out for needs of others, Rom. 12:16; Gal. 6:1-3; James 5:19-20.


  A. Christ's Work of Redemption Shows Us the Mind (Heart) it Takes to be United.
    1. His sacrifice, Phil. 2:6-7 (John 17:5).
    2. His submission, Phil. 2:7 (1 Pet. 5:5-7).
    3. His steadfastness, Phil. 2:7-8 (Eph. 4:2-3).

  B. Christ Had the Mind to Please Others Instead of Himself, Rom. 15:1-3.
  C. Having the Mind of Christ Eliminates:
    1. Pettiness and advances genuine care.
    2. Driving wedges and promotes oneness.
    3. Speaking against one another, Col. 3:13.
       -With the mind of Christ, unity results due to agreement in truth, Amos 3:3; John 10:30.

1. Division is a great curse of carnality, chaos, and corruption, 1 Cor 1:10-11; 3:3-4; Gal. 5:20.
2. Have the mind of Christ to obey Him in all things and have unity’s blessing, Rom 15:5-7.


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

Unholy Alliances
Joe R. Price

As this is being written, a dozen American soldiers plus more Afghanis have been murdered by bombers at the Kabul airport. “Gen. McKenzie (Commander of Central Command, JRP) just said since Aug. 14 the U.S. military has been sharing ‘information with the Taliban,’ to prevent attacks since Aug. 14” (Fox News Live Feed). The Taliban (our 20-year enemy in Afghanistan) was supposed to provide security outside the airport; something that did not happen. (Expect feathers to fly when the fox is guarding the hen house.)

Scripture has many examples of unholy alliances. Consider just one, the alliance between Judah’s king Jehoshaphat and Israel’s king Ahab. Jehoshaphat allied with wicked Ahab through marriage (2 Chron. 18:1). The person you decide to marry will have a lasting impact on you and your service to God. Choose a mate wisely, one who shares a common faith in the Lord. Your husband or wife will help you faithfully serve the Lord or draw you from Him (remember Solomon, 1 Kings 11:4-10).

When Ahab warred against Ammon, Jehoshaphat agreed to go with him (2 Chron. 18:3). Ahab was killed and Jehoshaphat was rebuked. “And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to King Jehoshaphat, ‘Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Therefore the wrath of the Lord is upon you (2 Chron. 19:2).’”

We are warned against having fellowship with the works of darkness (Eph. 5:11). We cannot do so and walk in the light (1 John 1:6-7). We are warned not to have fellowship with those who go beyond the doctrine of Christ; They do not have God (2 John 9-11). Open doors with false teachers lead to unholy alliances (remember Jehoshaphat). We must mark and turn away from those who cause divisions contrary to apostolic doctrine (Rom. 16:17). 


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