And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The casting out of Satan is an event that changed the world. In the Bible, we find two main texts that explain some of the details of what took place…
Isa 14:12-14 KJV
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 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.”
In this text, we learn about the specific sin(s) that were committed by Satan that resulted in his casting out. It was a combination of pride and covetousness. (Note: the title “Lucifer” means “the morning sun/star”, it implies boasting and drawing attention to oneself)
Pride, in that he thought that he could be equal with God and deserving of the honor and glory that is reserved only for God. Covetousness, in that he saw how great God was and the glory and worship that is reserved for God alone Satan desired these things for himself.
Eze 28:12-18 KJV
“Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.”
In this passage, although it is addressed to the physical King of Tyrus, is clearly an account of the rebellion of Satan against Almighty God. The King of Tyrus is given the example of Satan and his fall to reveal to the king the sin in his life and the coming punishment that awaited him.
What does this Scripture teach us about Satan? It explains Satan’s condition before his fall, the sin he committed, and the punishment that he received…
Satan’s condition prior to his fall is described as being sinless, wise, beautiful, dwelling in a perfect environment, and set apart for a special area of service to God.
Satan’s sin involved thinking too highly of himself due to his beauty, misleading himself from the truth of God, and filled with lust and anger.
Satan’s punishment is presented as being out of God’s presence, destruction, humbled and humiliated, a public example of sin’s results and God’s wrath.
In these accounts of Satan’s fall, we find very important truths about sin and its results. May we all take these truths in a very serious way, knowing that we all have sinned and because of those sins have God’s wrath upon us.
May we all turn to Christ and trust in Him for forgiveness of sins, enabling us to have a familiar and close relationship with Him!
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