The Haughty Will be Laid Low

Isa 14:3-19 When the LORD has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, (4) you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: “How the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased! (5) The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, the scepter of rulers, (6) that struck the peoples in wrath with unceasing blows, that ruled the nations in anger with unrelenting persecution.

(7) The whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing. (8) The cypresses rejoice at you, the cedars of Lebanon, saying, ‘Since you were laid low, no woodcutter comes up against us.’ (9) Sheol beneath is stirred up to meet you when you come; it rouses the shades to greet you, all who were leaders of the earth; it raises from their thrones all who were kings of the nations.

(10) All of them will answer and say to you: ‘You too have become as weak as we! You have become like us!’ (11) Your pomp is brought down to Sheol, the sound of your harps; maggots are laid as a bed beneath you, and worms are your covers. (12) “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low!

(13) You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; (14) I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’

(15) But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. (16) Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, (17) who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, who did not let his prisoners go home?’ (18) All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb; (19) but you are cast out, away from your grave, like a loathed branch, clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled underfoot.

Being children of their father the devil (see John 8:44), the haughty wicked have his goal as their own – to be like the Most High. To be God themselves. And the wicked ones we work to expose here pursue that goal every moment of every day. In their consuming desire to be God, they live with a remarkable sense of entitlement and superiority over others. “I will set my throne on high…I will make myself like the Most High.”

This means of course that everyone in their sphere is expected to worship them. To be a supply for feeding their ego. You have no other purpose than that and the moment you cease to be that supply, well, into the fiery furnace with you.

But that ultimate and final Day of reckoning is coming, and it is approaching rapidly. Christ the KIng, the true and living God, is coming to judge the earth in perfect righteousness. And even before that Day, when these kind are taken out of this life by death, they are mocked in Sheol. “Is this the man who made others tremble?” He is now nothing.

Revilers, narcissists, sociopaths, abusers are self-destructive. Every moment they are taking themselves to destruction, and you even see this crumbling away happening now. Their relationships are destroyed by their own evil. Their marriages. Their children. None of it is healthy and thriving. Their disguise of religion is only a hollow shell. Eventually people around them in their workplace see the self-serving entitlement and steer clear of them. And ultimately of course, this destructive pattern leads them to hell. But like the Emperor with no clothes, don’t hold your breath waiting for them to see their insanity and repent of it. It isn’t going to happen.

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