Bible Stories for Big People …
A Supernatural Overview
The Bible is a fascinating read for many people. Others see it as irrelevant and contradictory. Still others think they know what’s inside, but they’ve never opened the cover to find out for themselves. And then there are those who actually experience it daily.
My sincere hope is that my new series, “Bible Stories for Big People,” will provide unexpected insight for all of the above, in a uniting kind of way. In a supernatural kind of way.
Keeping that in mind, let’s look at the first two verses of Genesis:
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Some Bible scholars believe that these two verses encompass an uncharted period of time when important events were happening in the spiritual realm that would have an impact on planet Earth.
The Lord God may have revealed through his servant Ezekiel what was taking place supernaturally during those mysterious moments. Ezekiel prophesied about the ruler of a city named Tyre which was known in ancient times for its unscrupulous merchants, sexual immorality, religious idolatry and prideful attitude. (Read more: http://www.gotquestions.org/King-of-Tyre.html#ixzz3Y90WM2UX ) However, these words from the Lord seem to be two-fold, directed not only toward an earthly king, but also toward an arrogant angel …
The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘In the pride of your heart
you say, “I am a god;
I sit on the throne of a god
in the heart of the seas.”
But you are a mere mortal and not a god,
though you think you are as wise as a god.
Are you wiser than [the prophet] Daniel?
Is no secret hidden from you?
By your wisdom and understanding
you have gained wealth for yourself
and amassed gold and silver
in your treasuries.
By your great skill in trading
you have increased your wealth,
and because of your wealth
your heart has grown proud…
(Addressing the arrogant angel, the Lord God says …)
“‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth …
(Ezekiel 28:1-17, New International Version)
This “guardian cherub” whom the Lord God “threw to the earth” because of his violent and sinful nature seems to refer to the troublemaking “serpent” found in Genesis, chapter 3. And that’s where we will begin our journey.
Digging deeper …
Revelation (the last book in the Bible) offers this supernatural insight:
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. (Revelation 12:7-9)
And consider this: Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”
COMING NEXT: Did God say that?
(Copyright 2015, Paula Meiners Yingst)