You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.
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One of the most timeless warnings in all the Bible is illustrated by an ancient event: “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). In the uncharted time before creation, Satan was Lucifer, the most beautiful and honored of God’s created angelic beings. But his pride — his belief in his beauty — brought him down.
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Two passages in the Old Testament — Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 — are considered by many scholars to be personifications of events in Satan’s story. Both passages refer to earthly kings, but in language that can only typify heavenly events. And because all godless kings draw their prideful inspiration from Satan, they serve as a type of Lucifer himself. Ezekiel 28:17 says, “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty.” And the apostle Paul echoes that verse when talking about the pride that led to Satan’s fall (1 Timothy 3:6).
Beware of pride and self-exaltation (James 4:6).
Pride of gifts robs us of God’s blessing in the use of them.
By David Jeremiah.