The Sight & Sound of God’s Glory
by Josiah Audette
LUCIFER, THE SIGHT AND SOUND OF GOD’S GLORY.
Who did God create first to reflect his glory? Surprisingly, Lucifer. Lucifer was the first of God’s creation, made to reflect the sight and sound of the glory of God. We read in Ezekiel 28:13 (Where Lucifer is allegorized as the prince of Tyrus) “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so…Thou wast perfect in all thy ways from the day thou wast created till iniquity was found in thee.” Here we discern that God created Lucifer with all treasured stones, thus typifying the particular nature of God’s magnificence and glorious splendor. Additionally, Lucifer had glorified drums and an organ built into him! Depicted herein, quite literally, is Lucifer as not merely the sight but moreover the sound of God’s glory. Notwithstanding Lucifer was cast out as profane because of his diabolical pride. While Lucifer was fashioned to display God’s wondrous glory his pride was the absolute destruction of this very capacity. Pride is cherishing our own glory, and shaming another’s. It was by this abominable sin that Lucifer fell, and it was to be by this precise sin also that man would fall. All who indulge in such a sinful nature must expect to perish by no common destruction.
MAN, THE SIGHT AND SOUND OF GOD’S GLORY
Therewith, God created man in Lucifers place for this is what it means to be made “In the image of God.” It goes without saying that all mankind eventually fell in pride as Lucifer, and he hopelessly remains in this state of sin under God’s holy wrath outside the redemptive work of Christ. With the fall of himself and mankind, Lucifer’s one objective was (And has continued to be) the eradication of God’s glory. Ridding the universe of God’s image and image bearers through two simple courses… unreserved destruction or surreptitious distortion.
THE DISTORTION OF THE SIGHT AND SOUND OF GOD’S GLORY
Today, consequentially, while our Canadian society is not experiencing a crisis of annihilation, we can distinguish the sight and sound of God’s image in man being gradually disfigured. The modern Christian man is rather like Lot in Sodom and Gomorrah where, as it says in 2 Peter 2:8, his soul was torn about by what he “Saw and heard.” Verily, in today’s culture of distorted images and sounds, the more distorted images we see the less we are able to believe in that which is unseen. In recent times I picked up an outstanding book by Neil Postman on modern entertainment and recreation, “Amusing Ourselves to Death.” What exactly does amusing mean? The definition won’t be too surprising when you consider it for a time. “a” is a Latin negative and “muse” means to think, which when amalgamated into one word essentially means, “Not to think.” Neil Postman certainly minces no benevolent words in declaring from the very title of his book that our culture is “Not-thinking itself to death.” Within the pages of the book Postman argues that the images, music, and entertainment which our culture nearly baptizes us in, permits and furthermore enables us to exist throughout life without giving a sober thought to anything. This is the modern crisis in our culture and is just one mode by which Satan distorts the glory of God in true image and sound. Distorting the sight of God’s glory and sound of God’s glory has left man in a meaningless, purposeless, vain, and empty world.
REGENERATION OF THE SIGHT AND SOUND OF GOD’S GLORY
But there is hope. With the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit (Re-generating the glory of God in us) we can live again to glorify God. Through the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit, enabled by Christ’s work on the cross out of love for His Father, those who embrace the Gospel are brought back into the state for which they were originally created, to reflect the glory of God by forever delighting in God’s glory. Once again the images, sounds, art, and compositions we create and enjoy may reflect something of the true, undistorted, and undefiled glory of God. And for the Christian man, they simply must.