I would like to advance a theory of the fall of The Bright and Morning Star. This individual is known as Lucifer, but more commonly known as Satan. This writer does not believe that between Genesis 1:1, and 1:2 were the result of Lucifer’s fall and the subsequent re-creation by God.
Creation & Theory
There is a theory that God had to recreate everything that He once created. This destruction lays between Genesis 1:1-2, because the void, and darkness on the earth. Some say it was Lucifer, who caused this emptiness on the earth. If one believes this theory of the gap was the result of Lucifer’s playing havoc in the Earthly and Celestial Heaven, one would then have to believe that God lost control of creation. God losing control is not about to happen.
In Genesis 1:1-2, it says,
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
It is the contention of this writer to show that this so-called devastation between Genesis 1:1-2, is not so.
In Genesis 1:31, it says,
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
Scripture is clear that when God looked back, He said it was, “very good.”
If Lucifer had been cast out between Genesis 1:1-2, God the creator could not say, “it was very good,” now could He.
It could be as simple as not have the correct words to describe the beginning of creation. Now go to a place like Lowe’s or Home Depot, there is everything you need to build a home. It just does not look like anything yet. For one can go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and see nothing but building supplies, yet a contractor can go and see a beautiful building. God did the same thing, gathering everything that is required to make a home for us. Everything was there that God needed, but we cannot see the beauty that was in the mind of God.
Men come up with complicated theories concerning creation and then misses the obvious in front of his eyes.
Testing of Man’s Loyalty
God gave the man, one rule for living in the garden. Do not eat from the tree of, “the knowledge of good and evil.”
In Genesis 2:16-17, it says,
The LORD God commanded the man, saying, from any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it, you will surely die.
God, bestowed upon us the ability of choice for ourselves in these two verses amounted to possessing a free will. With this new free will, we now have a responsibility toward, the person that gave it to us. Will we obey and do his bidding or do as we please?
“The tree of the knowledge of good and evil,” was the test set before us. It was a test of our free will and of who we are. However, Adam and Eve failed the test and then by passing the blame, something that is done today. One wonders what would have happened if they fully admitted their guilt before God as to what He would have done. This is an interesting concept to muse over.
We are to own up to our own deficiency by not say he or she made me do it. One only can speculate what God would have done if they owned up to their sin and confessed.
Testing of Lucifer’s Loyalty
As stated, God tested man for his loyalty with the tree of good and evil. God also examined all the Angels for their devotion. One can surmise that this trial was, the man himself, being a particular creative act of God.
In Genesis 1:26, it says,
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
The man is a special creative act of God as He made us in His image. God did not create Lucifer in His image. We were to rule over everything that God created. When one thinks of this vast power that God placed into our hands for safe keeping, we should be humbled and in awe.
Of every creation that God made, it is only the man who has the divine right of dominion over all. However, Lucifer assumed this power could be taken over by him.
Man, given a great responsibility to care for, God’s creation, one could say that Lucifer’s jealousy and his pride got the best of him. This was the moment he surrendered to his pride and said, “I will make myself like the Most High.”
In Psalm 8:3-6, it says, (KJV)
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon, and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is a man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou, hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
Man, favored by God ran around in Lucifer’s head, thus, Satan yielded to his pride saying; “I will make myself like the Most High.”
In Isaiah 14:14-17, it says,
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High. Nevertheless, you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit. Those who see you will gaze at you, they will ponder over you, saying, is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world like a wilderness and overthrew its cities, who did not allow his prisoners to go home?
Lucifer lost everything because of his PRIDE.
Both Man and Lucifer had their loyalty tested. The man was the test for Lucifer’s loyalty, and the Tree of the knowledge of Good and evil was the test of Man’s loyalty, and both failed.
Think about a loyalty test you have had for a moment. If there were no tests of loyalty how could you be trusted. Loyalty, out of necessity must be tested to gain confidence in that individual. There must be something placed in front of you that has an alluring if there was no fascination the test would be mute.
Proverbs 16:18-19, Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2015
All quotes are from the New American Standard Bible, ©1995.