The Mighty Keep Falling

Read Isaiah 13-18

How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! Isaiah 14:12

Isaiah warned that the kingdom of Judah would be taken into captivity by Babylon, and this happened in 586 BC. Jeremiah prophesied that the captivity would last for seventy years. Then Babylon would be judged and the Jews permitted to go home. So, the capture of Babylon by Darius the Mede would be good news to the Jews; for it would mean the end of their exile and bondage.

The picture in Isaiah 14:1-23 is that of a mighty monarch whose pride brought him to destruction. This is what happened to Belshazzar when Darius captured Babylon in 539 BC. Isaiah described the king's arrival in sheol, the world of the dead, where the king's wealth, glory, and power vanished. The dead kings already in sheol stood in tribute to him (see v. 9), but it was all a mockery. Death is the great leveler; there are no kings in the world of the dead. Lucifer (see v. 12 KJV) is Latin for "morning star" and suggests that this king's glory did not last very long. The morning star shines but is soon swallowed up by the light of the sun.

The name Lucifer also indicates that Satan tries to imitate Jesus Christ, who is "the bright and morning star" (Rev. 22:16 KJV). "I will be like the most High (Isa. 14:14 KJV) reveals his basic strategy, for he is an imitator. Like the king of Babylon, Satan will one day be humiliated and defeated. He will be cast out of heaven and finally cast into hell. Whether God is dealing with kings or angels, Proverbs 16:18 is still true: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."

Applying God's Truth:

  1. What was the difference between the "fall" of Judah (God's people) and the "falls" of the surrounding Gentile nations?
  2. In what ways do some people today sinfully strive to "be like the most High"?
  3. What is the difference between Lucifer's desire to "be like the most High" and a Christian's attempt to be more "Christlike"?

Devotions for Comfort and Hope ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.

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