The name "Lucifer" means light-bearer. God originally created our dread enemy in perfection to absorb and reflect Divine light. Lucifer functioned in this capacity for a season "til iniquity was found in thee," as the Lord said to his anointed, but fallen cherub after he sinned (Ezekiel 28:15). The light bearer thus became the light blocker in the sense that the devil now embodies character traits in complete opposition to those of God. He exudes darkness rather than reflecting light as he seeks to hinder the revelation of God and His truth.
Those in the United States who will today experience the solar eclipse might consider this history of Lucifer as the moon passes between the sun and the earth in our hemisphere. The celestial body that normally reflects the light of the sun will instead for a short time block its rays. As Scripture so plainly declares, we will see a vivid representation of spiritual truth in the heavens.
"And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth" (Genesis 1:16-17).
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sh0weth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world" (Psalm 19:1-4).
The physical heavenlies tell us much about the God of spiritual Heaven and His truth. Regarding the eclipse and Lucifer, we do well to also realize that we also exist to absorb and reflect the light of the Lord Jesus Christ. "Ye are the light of the world" declared the Savior to His disciples. The Apostle Paul stated the same to all believers: "Walk as children of light" (Matthew 5:14; Ephesians 5:8). We are moons to God's sun, as it were, and actually possess greater capacity to reflect the light of God than did Lucifer. Indeed, no Biblical evidence exists that the Holy Spirit ever personally indwelt the original angelic light bearer. He does inhabit born again human beings, even as Solomon affirmed, "The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord" (Proverbs 20:27). As we walk by faith, we shine forth the light of Christ to our world, accurately revealing the character, nature, and way of God. Conversely, we eclipse such illumination if we fall into unbelief and disobedience. As with Lucifer, light bearers become light blockers, at least temporarily until we return to walking with our Heavenly Father in faith and faithfulness.
The eclipse today involves much more than physics. It will rather exemplify the devil's tragic distortion of his intended purpose and function. Again, the light bearer became the light blocker. May the same not be said of us as we realize our holy calling to "shine as lights in the world," revealing the glory of God by our attitudes, demeanor, words, and deeds (Philippians 2:15). Eclipse the Son? Never? Express Him by absorbing and reflecting His light? Forever!
"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven."
Weekly Memory Verse
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.