Do you remember the episode of the old Seinfeld television show when Jerry decided that a better remark after a sneeze would be “You are so good looking!” instead of “God bless you!”? It is always the most random memories and illogical thoughts that pass through my mind that trigger an idea about something in the Bible.
We all like pretty things. We are drawn to things of beauty, the beauty of nature, the beauty of art and we are drawn to pretty people especially if they speak pretty words.
Satan was pretty. In fact, Satan was downright breathtakingly beautiful. He still is. If you think he is a horrific, scary being with horns and pitchfork smelling of hellfire and brimstone like the thing in the picture above, well…you would be wrong. Satan is everything we desire. He’s pretty, he smells good, he’s talented, he’s fun, he’s exciting, he thrills the senses, and he will kill you.
So often we who are church-goers think that Satan lurks out there somewhere, far outside the safe, secure, saintly walls of the church building. Out there in the world is Satan’s habitation. Right? Again…you would be wrong. Oh, sure he’s out there in the world, but he doesn’t have to work hard for souls out there, he’s already got them. He wants you.
Yes, Satan wants you and he will go to where you are to get to you. He will walk boldly through the front doors of the church, tip his hat to the lovely ladies, bow politely to the elders and begin to sow his seeds of discord with a smile. He will do whatever it takes to get your eyes off of Jesus Christ, to get your mind and heart out of the Word of God and into false teaching and foolishness within the church. He knows exactly what he is doing, this isn’t his first rodeo and so many fall for him hook, line and sinker.
We learn so much about Satan in the twenty-eighth chapter of Ezekiel where we read about the one who controlled the evil Prince of Tyre (v. 2), Satan is referred to as the King of Tyre.
13. 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 thou wast created.
14. 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.
15. Thou wast perfect in all thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
There is a LOT in those three passages of scripture about Satan. Here we find more proof that he was actually in the garden and he was strikingly beautiful. Consider the myriad of colors that made up this magnificent cherub that God created. Is it any wonder that Eve was enticed into sin by such a beautiful creation who spoke such alluring words to her?
And one other little point in verse 13 of scripture that so many Bible versions omit: “the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day thou wast created.” What is a tabret? It is a musical instrument meaning tambourine or timbrel. So…the sneaky little devil is involved in music. No wonder he got that passage removed from NIV, ESV and so many others! Anyone who has ever been involved in the music ministry at a church knows full well that the devil dances in that arena. There is nothing he likes more than to stir up controversy with the music used in worship.
In verse 14 we find that God gave him some authority at his creation, “Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth: and I have set thee so.” I once heard a Bible teacher suggest that Satan led the worship in heaven before his fall. Perhaps he is still trying to lead the worship here on earth but now away from God because so often we see churches fall apart over divisions in worship with fighting and quarrels over the music. After all, if he can keep the church in turmoil over worship and the music we aren’t keeping our eye on the cross or listening to the Word or allowing the Holy Spirit to move. If the music is in chaos, we cannot hear the still, small voice of the Lord.
Oh, Satan was perfect. Absolutely perfect. Until the day iniquity was found in him. He disappointed his creator, he led a revolt and most certainly broke the heart of God.
It is always the pretty one who breaks our hearts.
Jesus was not pretty. Isaiah 53 tells us that there was nothing about his features that was attractive.
2. For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
3. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
5. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
We all have choices to make in life. While the wide, pretty road may seem the most attractive, fun and exciting, the place where the in-crowd rubs elbows and where Satan stands, smiles and lures you down the path, the end result is hell.
That narrow, rocky road with a few weary travelers doesn’t look like a very fun or attractive route but the end result is eternity in heaven with Christ.
I have made my choice. I choose the one who was wounded for my transgressions, the one who was bruised for my iniquities. I choose the one who bore my griefs and sorrows, the one who was despised and rejected of men. I choose Jesus.
What about you, my friend? What is your choice?
And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Joshua 24:15
May God bless and keep you and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!