There was a day before time began, when the brightest and highest ranking angel lost his place next to God’s throne. And in the displacement relinquished his light. Perhaps his radiance was a reflection of keeping company with God, being so near His presence continually… perhaps he was created with light of his own. Or possibly it was a combination of both – we don’t have all the details.
Either way, he forfeited much by coveting what was not and could not be intended for him. And lost the beauty and light he was known for. He mistakenly exalted his own worth and attempted to lift himself above the Most High.
How you are fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God… I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High. Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: Is this the man who made the earth tremble…? – Isaiah 14
From riches to rags is the tale of the one now roaming the earth – a castaway of sorts, seeking those he can persuade and deceive and destroy. In wanting more, he gave up so much, and will someday trade this current pitiful situation for eternal condemnation. Instead of being surrounded by God’s glory and living in eternal day, he is destined for the worst kind of death and darkness ever known. The kind, Scripture tells us, that was created specifically for him.
…take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre… You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering… You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you… Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings that they might gaze at you… All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; you have become a horror, and shall be no more forever. – Ezekiel 28
These passages in Isaiah and Ezekiel speak of historic rulers, yet also have spiritual significance to the Day Star and events that took place before earth was formed.
His status was unequaled among the created beings – the chief angel, second only to the eternally existent One who created him. However, in wanting God’s place, Lucifer lost all beauty and perfectness, all glory and goodness. Instead of clinging to wisdom and filling his unique role, he became enamored by his beauty. Yes, he was beautiful. But there was one more beautiful than him, and he didn’t like it.
Iniquity rooted and bore fruit in his heart.
And the universe hasn’t been the same.
He would be servant to no one. In his mind he deserved to be Sovereign and refused to bow to the Almighty. He wasn’t content with God’s place and position for him. He wanted to be independent of his Maker, wanted to rule his own kingdom, even if it meant leaving eternal splendor and dwelling on earth, having a temporary form of dominion over lesser beings. His residence changed and his beauty disappeared – as well as every future prospect – when he shifted his allegiance.
But his power and influence are limited, and his story will not end well. He lost all that God had given to him, by wanting something else, something other than God’s best, something besides the design God envisioned for him.
To be continued…