Isaiah 14:12-15

Isaiah 14:12-15

12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. (Zaphon was the most sacred mountain of the Canaanites.)
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit.

You may, like many readers, read verse twelve and think you are reading about Lucifer. I know that was my first thought or reaction, but I was wrong. Verse twelve and the rest are about the king of Babylon who, in many ways is being compared to Lucifer even giving him the moniker ‘morning star.’

We have only to go back to verses three and four for the proper context for the following verses.

3 On the day the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and turmoil and from the harsh labor forced on you, 4 you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: How the oppressor has come to an end! How his fury has ended!

Plainly verses three forward to verse twenty-three are about the downfall of the king of Babylon. What caused the downfall. We have only to read verses thirteen and fourteen to find out the cause of his downfall – pride, arrogance, total egotism – and that its source was his heart where he thought he would be like the Most High.

13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”

Thus we are provided an object lesson on the danger of letting pride and arrogance have a place in our hearts. That Jesus included arrogance in a list of sins that come from the heart is telling as well.

20 He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. 21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. 23 All these evils come from inside and defile a person.” Mark 7