I always pictured the scene as he and a third of the angels (what a multitude that must have been) literally falling, forcefully cast down to earth and into the gates of hell, locked out of heaven for all eternity.* Maybe it was like that, but commentary tells us that when Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven,” (Luke 10:18), He meant that Satan’s fall from grace was swift and powerful as a bolt of lighting.
Either way, Lucifer fell.
What were his crimes?
The first, the original sins. These sins are so prevalent in us today. Think about how much they sway our judgment, rule our lives. Because of those feelings, those sins, Satan saw himself as equal to our Lord, the Creator of the universe! (Isaiah 14:14)
The big takeaway from today’s passage, though is the power in the name of Jesus. The name of Jesus gives us dominion, as believers and followers to have power over the enemy so that nothing can hurt us! (Luke 10:19) But, as Jesus also says, don’t rejoice in this, “but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20).
Bible Verse of the Day
Then the seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”Luke 10:17-20 NKJV
And He said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”
*We know from Job that Lucifer was permitted in Heaven, (Job 1:6-12) but we’ll have to look at that another day.
If you have time, I encourage you to read what David Guzik wrote about this passage in Luke. (Visit by clicking here. Then, hit Ctrl+F and then, type in 17-20 to go right to the passage we’re reviewing.) There is so much great information there.
He shares the four falls of Satan:
Please join me today in praying for power in the name of Jesus. Let’s pray that He takes away all feelings of pride, envy, and jealously. Let’s also pray that Satan’s grip on our family and friends who are not saved be loosened. Pray that we put on the full armor of God each and every day to battle the spiritual warfare that continues even for those of us who are saved. Pray for guidance and wisdom for our loved ones as well as for ourselves.
A special prayer request:
Please pray for a family who lost their dad to Covid on Saturday. He refused to be on the ventilator. He was only in his 50s, so very sad for his family.