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Lucifer

As a part of the adult education class I am facilitating at my church I will be introducing the writings of the latter prophets. I think this is the corpus of scripture with which adult Christians are least familiar. This probably has to do with the difficulty of reading such literature as compared with the narratives of the Torah, the former prophets, the writings, and the Gospels. Let's face it, Hebrew prophetic literature is not a breeze to read, but I think it is still quite rewarding. Jesus quoted from Isaiah more than from the law, for example. So I thought for tomorrow night's class we'd take a look at an infamous passage of scripture, Isaiah 14:

When the Lord gives you relief from your suffering and anxiety, and from the hard labor which you were made to perform, you will taunt the king of Babylon with these words: ... Look how you have fallen from the sky, O shining one, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the ground, O conqueror of the nations!

The payoff is of course that this passage is the source of the moniker "Lucifer" and a fair portion of the popular history of Satan. We'll discuss the contextual referent and much more. It should help foster discussion and get everyone engaged with this genre.

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