Isaiah 14: 13-14 lays out 5 sinful desires sinners have.
“For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
- The desire is to sit in God’s dwelling place: “I will ascend into heaven”
- The desire to dwell in God’s sphere of dwelling: “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds”
- The desire to be our own government: “I will exalt my throne”
- The desire to be on God’s judgement seat: “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north” (also Psalm 75: 5-6 God is the one who executes judgment v.7)
- The desire to possess God’s authority or position of ruling and reigning: “I will be like the most High.” (also Gen. 14:9 notice all the kings in position of ruling and reigning)
Chapter 14 is about God restoring Israel and we see them taunting their former Babylonian captors. In the taunt I can’t help but notice Babylons sin is being exposed. Sinful man wants God’s place and authority without the real God in it. They want to be a people of, by, and for themselves. Tied to that is their desire to be rulers over themselves so that they can bless themselves with what so ever they desire. This seems to be a timeless sin because we see it in what some people call Christianity today. We see it in the Health, Wealth, and Prosperity gospel. Unfortunately, it is popular with people around the world. It is a name it and claim it religion that reduces God and increases man so that they can use God to get whatever seems fair to them.
What should things be like for a Christian? A real Christian’s desire should be to worship God as He sits in authority over all things in His dwelling place. Christians know God is far above anything we could imagine ourselves to be and know He is deserving of our worship. We know that if a Christian had the type of authority God has we would mess things up. We are not all knowing and everywhere present. Praise God that he is in control of every molecule in existence. He is in control of all things that happen, even pandemics. Praise God that He has provided the Holy Spirit to change our desires to serve rather than to be served as a person of high rank or supremacy over others. Praise God!