The Fall of Lucifer

“Pride is the only disease known to man that makes everyone sick except the one who has it” (Source Unknown).

Pride

In his military might this great king had laid low the nations, including Phoenicia, Philistia, Egypt, Moab, Edom, Cilicia, and much of Judah (vv. 12-15). But he would fall like a morning star. The brilliance of a star in the early dawn suddenly vanishes when the sun rises. Sennacherib, because of his great power, thought himself godlike, but now by startling contrast he would be in the grave. In the ancient Near East, kings had supreme power; many were deified by their subjects. The people taunting this tyrant pictured him ascribing godlike characteristics to himself. Ascending to heaven above the stars and being enthroned on the sacred mountain recalls the belief of several Semitic peoples that the gods lived on Mount Zaphon. By ascending the mountain above the clouds, he was seeking to make himself like God, the Most High. Yet he would be brought low to the grave. Nothing could save him from death and from decay in the grave.

People would ponder Sennacherib’s fate, finding it hard to believe he was the same one who had made everyone tremble in fear by devastating cities and taking so many people captives (vv. 16-17). In his death he was not even given a decent burial as are most kings who lie in state (v. 18). He would be cut off completely, killed by the sword and trampled underfoot (vv. 19-20). He was assassinated by his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer, who were then unable to rule in his place (they would not rise to inherit the land, (v. 21) because they had to run for their lives (II Kings 19:37). Babylon’s destruction by Assyria (vv. 22-23). Pride was Satan’s sin as well as Babylon’s. In fact he was cast out of heaven because of his pride. It is his desire to destroy God and to dominate the world. He doesn’t have a pitchfork, horns and a pointed tail but is an angel of light.

Application

Israel made the mistake of being too proud to depend on God, and I am vulnerable to that same mistake. He must increase while I decrease.

Isaiah 14:12-23 (English Standard Version)

""How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, '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. Those who see you will stare at you and ponder over you: 'Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world like a desert and overthrew its cities, who did not let his prisoners go home?' All the kings of the nations lie in glory, each in his own tomb; but you are cast out, away from your grave, like a loathed branch, clothed with the slain, those pierced by the sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a dead body trampled underfoot. You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land, you have slain your people. "May the offspring of evildoers nevermore be named! Prepare slaughter for his sons because of the guilt of their fathers, lest they rise and possess the earth, and fill the face of the world with cities." "I will rise up against them," declares the LORD of hosts, "and will cut off from Babylon name and remnant, descendants and posterity," declares the LORD. "And I will make it a possession of the hedgehog, and pools of water, and I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," declares the LORD of hosts.

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