The Fallen Satan
Not a lot is said regarding Lucifers fall. We know he fell because
of pride, wanting to be as God. What we dont really know is how this
could happen. But the pride is obvious. We read Satans "I will" statements
in Isaiah 14:13-14. 4 Pentecost, p. 12 & 15.
'You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne
above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on
the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of
the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."'
This is the sin of Satan, and as a result of the fall, the sin of humanity,
"I will." The is the Shirley McLain type of thinking. Men, just as Satan,
want to be their own gods, "I will." Even we, when struggling against the
will of God, find ourselves saying, "I will." And so sin began in the "heart"
of Satan when he said, "I will."
There is an obvious question here. Why did God permit Satan to fall? But
to this question, I believe there is no complete answer, or at least God
has not chosen to provide to us with one. Again quoting Pentecost:
"I believe that no man can ever grasp why God permitted Satan to fall. But
Scripture records the fact that the wisest, the most beautiful of Gods
created beings looked away from the Creator to himself. He failed to recognize
that all he was, and all he had, came as a gracious bestowment from the hand
of the Creator to whom he was responsible. In turning away from God, he turned
to himself and became an essentially selfish being." 5
And as a result of his sin, Lucifer became Satan, and fell by the hand of
God. He has been. and will be, judged.
"Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, O guardian
cherub, from among the fiery stones" (Ezekiel 26:16).
"How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have
been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!" (Isaiah