In the beginning, Lucifer was not created to be a devil or Satan. God created a beautiful, precious being solely for the glory of his name, not a monster roaming around restlessly in aim for the downfall of man. Lucifer had a sweet relationship with God until it became sour (Ezekiel 28:15). Of course, you know God as a consuming fire, but God is patient or slow to anger, too. He had a soft spot for Lucifer.
However, God does not display to people all the time this soft spot. You have to earn it. You have to walk with Him to enjoy such goodwill. Soft spot here means, when God chooses to accommodate the flaws of man just to win him back. But it depends. It depends on man’s relationship with God. For example, Moses was a great servant of God, who had a deep relationship with God, and to an extent, ‘persuasively’ rearranged God’s decision when God wanted to destroy Israel after they murmured against Him. See Numbers 14:2-20. Moses told God people will make mockery of His name when they hear about it, that God brought his people out of Egypt only to have them killed in the wilderness. So, God repented. That’s a level. Not everybody can order God around just like that.
In another scenario, God came down from His throne on the invitation of Moses just to have a conversation. Moses saw a glimpse of God. That’s another level; a very high level. It does not happen often (Exodus 34:5-28). But cast your mind to when it came to pass that Moses disobeyed God, he was punished by not getting to the Promised Land (Deuteronomy 34:4-7). Moses eventually died at the age of 120 and the devil came for his body knowing that he disobeyed God before his death. How clever. See Jude 1:9. Acting on God’s instruction, Archangel Michael had to wrestle Moses’ body from Satan. And that’s what I am talking about. Moses’ level of relationship with God was beyond ordinary. He went very far with God. He walked with God.
With that said, now to the subject Lucifer: Why God banished him from heaven instead of instant destruction, is the nucleus of this message. There is an established verdict on Lucifer’s insubordination as seen in Ezekiel 28:16. The aforementioned scripture, however, depicts that God soft-pedaled on outright elimination, but an appointed time for His final judgment on the big beast. Why? (The submission here is not absolute. It is contextually based on Lucifer’s character as documented in the scriptures referenced) Lucifer is not just anybody. He was an archangel. God specially created or crafted him. He had a special inbuilt pipe used in the praise and worship of God. He had a strong connection with God by being the heaven’s director of music and the role he plays in moving God to action (Ezekiel 28:12-13). He was loved by God. God gave him power or room to do as he pleases.
To be specially made or designed for the praise of God has a reason. When a king is praised, he is moved to act, or does things unconventionally. Protocols are usually bypassed. For this reason, Lucifer, possibly, had received the favour of God by being an elevated angel above other angels (Ezekiel 28:14). He was like a prince, but not. Out of being praised, God had given out a great deal of His powers, knowledge, intelligence, and even dominion to an extent, I figured. So Lucifer became proud, saw himself in the class of God (Ezekiel 28:17-18).
One more thing: When God is about to perform a miracle or create into being, Lucifer was usually required to sing praises in the name of God because it brings down His glory, moves Him to perform. There is always a sound or eulogy that precedes the move of God. Lucifer was in charge of that. So he felt he was indispensable, and forgetting that God will be God.
With this relationship, it was hard for God to all at once destroy someone so close to Him. You know when you feel like killing someone, but remembered how deep you have gone in sharing your intelligence, knowledge, wisdom with that person. And you say, “I won’t kill you today, but another day.” That’s the case of Lucifer. He was a precious being in the hand of God until his fall. Unlike man that God won back to Himself, God is not winning back Lucifer because he went too far with his pride despite having a deep relationship with God. He had knowledge of what others knew nothing about. With that, he wanted to usurp the powers of his creator by exalting his own throne at par with God which, ultimately led to his expulsion (Isaiah 14:11-14).
- Sometimes it is not good to share too much of your intelligence. It will be used against you by power-thirsty-maniacs in want of your place or position.
- Your level of relationship with God will determine his reaction to your situation or misdeeds. Moses, David, Elijah, Enoch are names you can’t toy with in the presence of God. They went far with God, giving them the room to do or enjoy extraordinary things.
- Never misuse the grace of God in your life. You are nothing without God. For in your heart you thought you have arrived, but, there are levels, there are dimensions to God’s grace.
Paitor Odun is an advocate of good news and a praise and worship leader.
As a kid, he was an active member of a children group involved in the spread of the gospel. He attempts to bring back that zeal through this platform. Feedback—email@example.com