To get a deeper understanding and a much needed appreciation of the situation in Genesis chapter three, we must not neglect this scripture. It is pivotal to our understanding our enemy as he remains at large today…seeking to kill, seeking to destroy; seeking to devour…
This scripture gives us insight into his impeccable skill as well as his attributes…those things necessary to wage an effective war.
Then, we will look at Ezekiel chapter twenty-eight… for it is here we find the crack in his door…above all else, this scripture gives us his motive.
But first, let’s peek at our fist scripture:
The two words that describe the serpent are; Crafty and Subtle…
These two words carry a specific meaning; the ability to be cunning or crooked. They also give way to the attribute of diligent observance…
So here is what I think…
After the Heavenly Fall, I believe Lucifer retained his angelic qualities of beauty. I also believe he retained all, yes all, of his wisdom…how else could he be so crafty and subtle?
So may I please paint a picture? I beg you to bear with me…there is a crack in the door, and once you see in; you will find a burning hatred within the serpent.
Ezekiel chapter twenty-eight, beginning with verse twelve, ( Ezekiel 28:12- 17a). Some scholars reference this passage to the description of Adam, others reference this same passage to Lucifer…I choose the latter.
“You were the model of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you…your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in all your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you. 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. Your heart became proud on account of your beauty and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So, I threw you to the earth…”
Didn’t God create all things? Including the angels? I believe so. There was nothing that was not created by the spoken word of God.
God created Lucifer. An angel. A Worship leader.
He lived with God.
That sounds harsh. It is contrary to our thoughts of God and His creation. It confounds me to think that Lucifer was created by God, and he was created with a will and the ability to choose. Lucifer chose pride and greed. His beauty as well as his abilities were God-given and he chose to submerge himself in them. He chose to gather a following and make war against the One who had created his very being. He chose not to bring worship before the burning throne. He chose the very antithesis of God; evil and all things unholy.
He was crafty and subtle…and very convincing…
Lucifer must have had unimaginable charm and a magnetic disposition. He was able to sway one-third of the heavenly realm! Imagine! One third of the angels said, “yes” to Lucifer…
pause and let that sink in…
So the war began. And then in Isaiah we see a most dramatic verse of scripture…the tables were turned on him…quite unexpectedly Lucifer was cast out of Heaven.
“How thou art fallen from Heaven, O’ Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground…”(Isaiah 14:12a)
Luke 10:18, “and I saw satan fall as lightning from Heaven…”
Dramatics at it’s best. As lightning, Lucifer was cast out…
He ascended not above God as was his intention.
And if that was not enough…there was more.
Take a look once again at the passage in Ezekiel. In the Hebrew we see a tragic situation.
When Lucifer was created, he was the seal on the signet ring. He was the model of perfection. When Lucifer was created God took one look and said, there would be no more…it did not get better in the angelic world. Lucifer held the summation of perfection. He was adorned with precious jewels and the sound of music was set within his created being. Lucifer had the workmanship to bring unending worship before the throne of God. And while purity reigned supreme in Lucifer’s heart he was a garnishment to the sanctuary of God.
Thou was perfect in they ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee…and he took one-third of the angelic host to their own spiritual deaths.
In Ezekiel 28:16, Lucifer was cast out of the Mount of God as profane. Profane literally means to lose one’s inheritance. This was the first judgment over Lucifer. Then God states in this passage; “and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire”. When God destroyed Lucifer, it was not a literal death as we have yet to see in the final judgement. No, when you incorporate the Hebrew, God literally said, “I will wander away, you will lose your position and identity, and then you will be void.”
Void. Nothing. Silence. Unloved. Emptiness. Abyss. Blankness.
Imagined thoughts spearing through Lucifer’s mind; “I used to be someone. I used to have His attention. I meant something to Him. He loved me…He loved me…
Tortured by his own sin and loss, the serpent walks in a remembrance of Love…knowing there is no return. He has been deemed void. He has lost his identity and his inheritance…and hatred has set in.
Now darkened by evil Lucifer, now satan paces through the earth seeking to impose the same death upon us. He detests us; why? We replaced him; the son of the dawn. We have gained God’s attention and love.
Do you see the correlation between the Heavenly Fall and the Fall of man? Lucifer, now the serpent; intends on bringing the same death to Eve, and now to us. No, he doesn’t want us to literally die…he much prefers us to lose our position and to lose our identity in Jesus Christ; for if that happens…we will be void.
This is why he seeks to steal, kill, and destroy. It’s a spiritual death. The same death he experienced, he chooses to bring to each one of us.
But there was one catch…one thing left to do…
And God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son…
Choose this day whom you will serve…and above all else; guard your heart; may there be no crack in the door to your heart.