Isaiah 14:13-14: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
In our last lesson, we asked the question: Where did Satan come from? According to the Bible, we learn that Satan was originally created as an angel named Lucifer. Lucifer was beautiful, wise, and powerful, and he had a position of leadership in Heaven. That, of course, was before he rebelled against God.
Today, we are going to answer the question: What was Lucifer’s sin?
Allow me to share with you some commentary on these verses from the Scofield Reference Bible: “These verses evidently refer to Satan, who, as prince of this world-system, is the real though unseen ruler of the successive world-powers. Lucifer, “day-star,” can be none other than Satan. This tremendous passage marks the beginning of sin in the universe. When Lucifer said, “I will,” sin began.”
It seems that, for some time after he was created, this mighty angel loved God with all his heart and obeyed Him perfectly. But a time came when Lucifer sinned against God. The Bible says in Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.”
Where did sin begin? It began in Lucifer’s heart! The Bible says in Ezekiel 28:17, “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness…”
Isaiah 14:13-14 tells us what Lucifer said in his heart: “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation… I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”
What was Lucifer’s sin? His sin was pride. As this mighty angel considered how beautiful he was, his heart was lifted up with pride. Lucifer simply fell in love with himself! As he beheld himself, Lucifer decided that there was none so great, none so beautiful, and none so wise as himself; therefore, he decided that he should be God. He set his will against God’s will. Five times Lucifer said, “I will.” What a terrible thing it is for a creature of God to set his will against God’s will!