Monday, 10 January 2011

'777 Intro' - Dwayne Tryumf

Lyrically and musically this track is absolutely spot on. Content-wise most of it is brilliant too, there are just two points that I would raise:

Dwayne raps "Now the devil was jealous and Genesis doesn't tell us this, But Isaiah 14 gives us the parenthesis, The former glory Lucifer was given, Was taken and given to Adam and Eve 'cause of vanity."

He references Isaiah 14 and I think refers to verses such as verse 12: "How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!". In the New Bible Commentary (IVP) it says "This song is often thought to tell of the revolt of Satan (taken with Ezk. 28) but this is a precarious conjecture. The tale of pride and downfall is at most only similar to what is said of Satan in e.g. Lk. 10:18; 1 Tim. 3:6, and in any case, when Scripture speaks directly of his fall, it refers to the break-up of his regime, not his prior fall from grace (cf Rev. 12:9-12)." Verse 4 of Isaiah 14 clearly states that this is written about the king of Babylon and whilst this king is evil, and therefore is under Satan's power, we shouldn't jump to the conclusion that the verse has double meanings relating to Satan's fall.

The other dubious lyric is "So he devised a plan to get at a man through the woman,'Cause he knew he couldn't fool Adam."

As far as I can see this is speculation and there isn't a place in Scripture which backs this up specifically. Nowhere does it mention in the account of the fall in Genesis 3 that Adam was too strong or clever for Satan although it implies that Eve is under the authority of Adam (Adam came first and he named her). Nowhere does it say Eve was more easily fooled either although it clearly speaks of the differences between man and woman and man's leadership. It does the raise the question "Why did Satan trick Eve instead of Adam directly?" and Dwayne may be correct in his conclusions.

Edit: After giving this much thought and study I realised the biblical answer was that Satan wanted to turn God's created order on its head. In the beginning God's word was over man, man was over the woman, the man was also in charge of the plants and animals. When Satan tempted Eve (and succeeded) the order became animal over woman, woman over man (by way of a plant) and man over God's word. In doing this Satan has upset the created order forever. Shortly after my pastor preached sermons confirming what I thought which can be heard here (Genesis 3:1-7) and here (Genesis 3:8-24) and will explain things much better!

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