Posts Tagged ‘edition’

Lucifer Darkness

Our devotions have brought us to Isaiah 14:12 again. What an amazing verse.

A deep look at the Hebrew words causes the meaning to be a bit different than the English rendering implies.

First of all, Lucifer is a Latin term, and it was superimposed upon the text from Latin translations.

Second, Lucifer is simply “bright” or “shiny.” This means that he is not made of skin, as we are, but a different being with a shiny appearance instead of dull.

Third, the word for Lucifer is tightly tied to mourning. Meetings with this personage bring mourning in its wake. It is the opposite of an inspiring figure, it is the infamous and degrading figure.

Fourth, “Son of the morning” is a very poor rendering and translation. He is the Son of the predawn. This is quite different from the dawn or the early morning. It is the coldest, most miserable, and darkest time before dawning. But this is the one concept that brings hope. With Satan in the King of Babylon, the world can know that there will be a bright morning soon. It is the Darkest of the Dark Age and soon light and warmth will come and the darkness, cold, and suffering will be over.

The only reason Satan can be an “angel of light” is because it is so dark, he can make a shiney appearance. In the light, he is nothing. In the dark, he almost can be noticed. Christ in contrast, shines light throught the realm when He is present, and scatters darkness. Satan needs darkness to be noticeable. In the light, he is just another creature.

Joseph Scriven story

Well, we have worked on this story for several years, and finally got an edition finished and on the website! Joseph Scriven was an obscure man, but what a testimony he left behind! Because he was willing to stay in his small corner, seeking to exemplify an unselfish and holy life, quietly performing important feats of help to the poor and widows, he left a lasting impression on not only the farming community where he lived, but in the legacy of that private poem for his mother known as “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.” Almost every week this hymn is requested by those that attend our little chapels, and now the folks have the story to go with it.

We hope this story will help our brethren in Christ! The links are:

Joseph Scriven life story

What a Friend We Have in Jesus hymn story