Flash! Bang! Sheol!
Choices Have Consequences
“I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God. I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. But you are brought down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit. ” Isaiah 14:13-15.
The prophet Isaiah described the pride of Satan just after declaring his fate; “How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground…” Isaiah 14:12. According to the prophet Satan was cut down just as he began to exalt himself above God. “You said in your heart,” and that was it for the “Day Star, the son of the Dawn!”
Jesus described that moment in Luke 10:18 “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” I’m struck with awe every time I read this passage. When lightning strikes you often see the flash before you hear the bang. Imagine, the Evil One became wrapped up in himself but before he could act on what was in his heart;
From the “mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north…down to Sheol, to the far reaches of the pit” like lightning. But how could this be? How could one so beautiful become self absorbed so as to exalt themselves above their creator?
God created Lucifer with the power of choice and he chose himself. God created man with the power of choice and man chose himself. The common thread is not the power of choice but the choice itself. When man sinned he made the same choice as the Lucifer, thinking he would be “like God” Genesis 3:5. When we decide to do something we know will displease God we have made the same choice thinking in our hearts; “I will ascend to heaven… I will make myself like the Most High.” But the result is always the same.
Can someone say; “Choices have consequences!” In Luke 9:23 Jesus said “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
God has given us the power of choice. Choose wisely!
Luke 10:19-20 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”