We all have different interests, abilities and desires. Our Father has created in us a marvelous aptitude to
engage ourselves in one or more activities that appeal to us. For some, they are happy in progressing
in one particular field of interest, be it a hobby or some project of sorts. Others enjoy delving into a broader
spectrum of interests that they can excel at and enjoy.
Or perhaps when it comes to teaching, or engaging in a certain skill, it dazzles the eyes of the person who knows little
or nothing about that particular interest that the other person possesses. When we observe another person's ability, it generally
brings joy to our hearts. And as such, it is recognizable in our smile, laughter or applause. And this, in turn, brings a feeling of accomplishment
to the one who has spent so much time and effort to pursue their ability, or gift.
And these are the things that come from our Father. And it is important that we do the very best we can at whatever
gift we have been given. The gift is precious, no matter how insignificant it may seem to us. We need to
view that gift as though it were the key to a small locked cell of which we find ourselves. That key (or gift), is the
small thing which can bring us freedom to enjoy life that much more! And like the symbiotic relationship between the one
delivering the gift and the one receiving it (as highlighted above) we need to realize that when we use the gift we have to the best of
our ability... it honors our heavenly Father. It brings him happiness. (Psalms 149:4)
Unfortunately, not all of God's creatures appreciated the gifts they were given. The foremost example of one who was dissatisfied with
his precious gifts, of course was Satan. Our Father endowed him with unbelievable ability, talent and gifts till there was no more
want. He was declared by God as the "model of perfection," "full of wisdom," and "perfect in beauty," (a perfect recipe for any creature to take advantage of others and improve their lot if accompanied with a bad spirit led by a bad heart). But to begin, notice what God said of him in verse 13: "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." Wow, what an astonishing array of precious gifts! What love he had for his angel...before he became Satan.
It is not unreasonable to conclude that the earth may have possibly been his as well, after all, are these not the kind of gems and stones
that we readily find on our planet? He was in "Eden, the garden of God." Of course, there is no saying for certain, but it is possible. But being adorned with all these wonderful things was not his only gift. Notice the very next verse (14): "You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You
were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the fiery stones." What do you think of when you read the words, "anointed as a guardian
Cherub? The first thing that we may think of is that he had position in heaven. Some translations render it as "covering" cherub. Perhaps you may think of the two cherubs sitting atop of the ark of the covenant? As though they were protecting the power, or possibly the "divine habitation" of Almighty God. So, in this heavenly setting, we can discern that great might, or position, was given him as his portion. Perhaps he sat as a protector of God's throne, since it makes mention of the "holy mountain of God." We do not know of course, but whatever status he was gifted with, was grand in its breadth! But shockingly, all these things were not enough for him.
What happened? The verses go on to tell us that this mighty cherub was faultless in his ways from the day of his
creation until unrighteousness was found in him! Yes, the angel that was adorned with all this greatness allowed his heart to become
selfish. In what way? Notice verse 16: "Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace
from the mountain of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones." Yes, this once mighty angel was now cast
away from the perfection of our Father and the holiness of his heavenly courtyards. What were the reasons for this expelling? The
verse tells us that because of his "widespread" (or "abundant") trade he began to sin. In verse 18 it uses the term,
"dishonest trading." In what manner perhaps may it be speaking of? Well, once again we cannot know all the details since it is not specifically recorded for us. But God did see to it that these verses were revealed to us. As such, we can use our "powers of discernment" to help deduce the possibility.
Psalms 145:16 tell us, "You open your hand and keep on satisfying the desire of every living thing." Yes, our heavenly Father is interested
in seeing us all happy. As such, he fulfills our desires and as mentioned earlier in this discourse, he gifts us with marvelous talent, and
abilities that are truly rewarding. Is it not reasonable to conclude that he does the same with his sons in heaven? In what manner, perhaps?
Likely, he rewards them with varying opportunities for advancement in some regard. After all, there are apparently different echelons
of rank, or responsibility. Remember, the angel that became Satan evidently held position as "covering cherub." In Isaiah, the Seraph's
(which were adorned with six wings - figuratively) called out to one another at which the doorposts and thresholds shook, which indicate they have a
significant measure of power. Since they possess six wings, perhaps there is a special ability they possess in relation
to those of the other angels who only have two wings (figuratively). Whatever the case, It certainly was enough to frighten the
But back to the above point, perhaps our Father endows his sons with great gifts in the heavenly places.
Perhaps some are given gifts in the way of solar systems, planets, or other heavenly/celestial phenomena. Perhaps our Father entrusts them
with those gifts, and even allow them to enter trade amongst one another, after all, they too are adorned with "free will" as we are.
I think it highly likely that God's sons may engage one another in trade of that sort. Though this is conjecture, and there is no knowing for
certain, it certainly seems quite plausible. Whatever the case, something went awry!
So, perhaps the angel that became known as Satan entered trade with his brothers, but because of his dishonesty of heart, generally sought
to take advantage of his heavenly brothers so that he walked away with the better "end of the deal," so to speak. If
such were the case, you can imagine how upsetting and hurt that would make his angelic brothers. Not to mention of course, the Son and the
Father. If such things happened, truly the heavens were rattled with the unrighteous behavior Satan exhibited in his "trade."
Is it any wonder that the verses go on to say (verse 18): "you have profaned your sanctuaries."
What was to be his penalty? He was going to be an "object of astonishment." Jehovah said, "I will reduce you to ashes on earth
before all those looking upon you." He went on to say, "your end will be sudden and terrible, and you will cease to
exist for all time." (Note: I personally look forward to having the finite details of these verses known to us at some
later date with regard to what exactly took place).
What a lesson! What extraordinary gifts he was given by God, yet he was not satisfied. He wanted more. The verses tell us, more than
once ,that he kept looking upon his own beauty. What arrogance. Instead of looking at how he could serve his brothers in
heaven, and include himself in the peaceful joining of love and servitude before the Father, he desired to fill his own plate with unrighteous trade
and goods he took from his heavenly brethren. Perhaps he went as far as to require an act of worship from them in lieu of returning in measure some of his trade goods. He did just that with God's Son! (Matthew 4:8). Is it any wonder that Michael and his angels fought with Satan and cast them out
of the heavens. How the heavens rejoiced at Satan's expelling. What a horrible end he received in place of all he had!
We want to always remember that every "perfect present" comes from our Father. We want to use it to the full, not just for the benefit
of those around us, but for the glory of our Father! May we never think more of ourselves than we should, but keep a humble
spirit about ourselves, and seek ways in which we may be found as desirable before the eyes of our Grand Maker!