God allowed man to make his choice for worshipful obedience by placing two special trees in the Garden of Eden. One was called the “tree of life” (Gen 3:22). The other tree has been called the “tree of death.” God called it the “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Gen 2:17). Man was warned not to eat of that tree. He was not to set standards of good and evil -right and wrong – for his life apart from God’s wisdom: “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death” (Prov 14:12).
SATAN CHOSE TO REBEL
CAST OUT OF HEAVEN
Satan in the form of a graceful serpent then appeared on the scene. He is wise in the ways of evil and there is evil purpose in his heart. Where did he come from? Why was he there? What will he seek or do? Let us again turn to the Scriptures for our answers.
The Bible sometimes uses earthly settings and people to teach us about heavenly and spiritual things. The prophet Ezekiel tells us about a certain king of Tyre who was very wicked. In Ezekiel 28:11-19, the judgment of God is being addressed to the King of Tyre. However, there are many Bible scholars that see in this passage (and in Isaiah 14:12-15) a description of the fall of Satan. This was a view held by several of the Church Fathers of the 4th century A.D. A careful reading of this passage in Ezekiel reveals several extreme descriptions that would be difficult to attribute to the earthly King of Tyre (see especially Ezekiel 28:13-15).
“You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering: the sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.”
“You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you.”
“By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones.”
“Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings that they might gaze at you.”
“You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you, and I turned you to ashes upon the earth” (Ezek 28:12-18).
The same kind of picture is painted by the prophet Isaiah. With powerful words he reveals the evil character of the wicked king of Babylon. Again, these verses have a double application as the prophet shows us the evil picture of Satan.