good morning and welcome. This is pastor lucy painter with your daily insights and in this service we are going to talk about being at the battle front line. You know in military terminology a front line is the position closes to the enemy. It is the position closes to the area of conflict where the opposing sides engage. We talked about that on friday. The soldiers at the front line are always the first to come under fire. They are the first to get injured and the first to go low on ammo. However well trained the soldiers are, the situation at the front line is unpredictable and can turn chaotic in an instance when you are on the receiving end. So this is not a joke and in the story we are going to read today, we find the Israelites at such a position.
We find them on the receiving end of the oppression that was being visited upon them by a king. The king of Babylon, a ruthless men who regarded himself as God. You know, some of the ancient kings regarded themselves and were even considered gods by their people and their cultures. People like the Egyptians, the ancient Egyptians actually believed that their kings would continue to rule over them. Even in the next life, some were considered sons of heaven, descendants of gods. They were given names, characteristics of gods and these claims legitimized their domination over their subjects. The king we're going to look at today was not different is the king of Babylon and Babylon itself. We are forced to reckon with he had risen so high among men that he was called a bright stir.
The Son of the Morning, he ruled over Israel with so much anger and oppression. And had outshone every king under the sun in splendour and might, that it would have been incomprehensible to imagine that his kingdom could ever fall. But the story we are about to read begins with the judgment from the Lord against this king, the man who had for so long oppressed the Israelites. The reading we are going to read today has been interpreted in reference to certain himself um when he was drawn down from heaven, when he caused a rebellion in heaven. But at the same time, it is in reference to this King of Babylon because of the way he was oppressing the Children of Israel.
And so in our text today, we are going to use it in that context of the King of Babylon. We are reading from the Book of Desire 14, from past 12 to 20. The bible says all Lucifer, Son of the morning. How you are cut down to the ground. You who weakened the nation's for you say it in your heart, I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne about the stars of God. I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, on the Father's side of the North. I will ascend about the heights of the clouds. I will be like the most high. Yet you shall be brought down to shawl to the lowest depths of the peak. Those who see you will gaze at you and consider you saying, is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as wilderness and destroyed its series, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?
All the kings of the nations, all of them sleep in glory, everyone in his house. But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, like the government of those who are slaying, dressed through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a cops trodden underfoot. You will not be joined with them in barrier because you have destroyed your land and slain your people. The blood of evildoers shall never be named. Wow! Tough judgment here. That text we have read is continuation of the judgment against the King of Babylon that begins at the start of Isaiah chapter 14. You can read it at your own time, and as I said, the word Lucifer means the shining one, and this time that has often been used in reference to the star venice.
The morning star is the same star that was worshipped by the Babylonians and desire identifies the king of Babylon as Lucifer, son of the Morning. The Prophet lee reflects on the sudden fall of the king, who has defied himself in pride over his success a fall that not a single person who knew the king could have contemplated. This was once a king whose power had raised him so high in pride and he trampled down and destroyed nations. But the prophet says that he has fallen from the height of his glory. Imagine how the Israelites must have been feeling at the gloating of this month. These were people who had seen the seven hand of God at work. He had delivered them from Egypt.
They had seen the providence of God in the desert. He had given them the land he had promised. He had won many battles for them as we will go and see battles by battles in this month. God had really fought battles for them. Yeah, yet yeah. Here they were in captivity. Under the rule of one of the most rude risking in history. Imagine how helpless they must have felt. Standing before A man who had no regard for God. Oh man! A man who can say I will advance myself above. Every man. I will set my throne where you gather to worship, my power will be uncontrollable. I will extend my Dominion and perpetually reign over you. I will be like the most high I will be like God. To you. Imagine being in the front line, poison yourself against someone with this kind of confidence.
Someone with this kind of power, What hope could you possibly have? But the word of God says, How fallen are you, How cut down to the ground you were. You shall be brought down to the lowest depth. You have made the r tremble in your destruction. You shall be cast out. You shall be trodden underfoot. You see, the Prophet Desire gives a rather poetic and beautiful description of the fall of the man who had once projected himself as being larger than their God. The man who had so many years tormented them, And the man who had possibly made them question God. The man who had made them doubt if they really ever live as free people again. Remember, it was even past 70 years. They were in in, in in Babylon and here he was fallen from the mighty height of his glory.
His power diminished. He had been rendered feeble. God had reckoned with him, and with the same passion that he had, he had risen against God's people. God had cast him down with the same passion. He fell down before the same people he had risen against right where he had drawn the line between himself and then he fell never to rise again. Never to be named again. He was brought to an irrevocable ruin, a definite end. And I know sometimes we find ourselves in positions that the jews were in at the front line facing the things that scares us most. We find ourselves forced to navigate new terrain. Doing things would never have done in different circumstances. Things that only a captive would do. We are this deposed from our position degraded until our lives lose meaning.
You might have gotten into trouble you are in because it is as a, as a, as a consequence of something you did, it might be that you have suffered despite being right with God and people. But it doesn't matter if you deserve the pain you're going through. It doesn't matter how large the first holding you down is. It doesn't matter how long you've been down. It doesn't matter how many people have failed to survive the battle. You are in the bible says in Isaiah 14 and verse one, I will have mercy on Jacob and I will still choose Israel and settle them in their own land. The desolation will come to an end because the season of restoration is opponent. The enemy me are sent above the clouds. You are suffering maybe may seem unbearable, but the Lord says, I will cut it down.
I will cast it out and when the season for restoration come, people will look at you and ask, is this what we thought will bring you down? Is this what made you tremble? So hold on at the front line. Fight for you. Do not fight alone. The bible says that after the Israelites had crossed the red sea before the walls of Jericho came down. The angel of the Lord appeared to Joshua and and and told him as a commander of the armies of the Lord, I have now come. The Lord who saved you before will save you again. He chose you before, and he says he will still choose you. Hold on at the front line, keep fighting. This is Pastor lucy painter with your daily insight, and this is barrels frontline Day one shalom.