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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Confident (07/05/07)

TITLE: The Arrogant One
By Sandra Petersen


A whispered rumor echoed throughout Heaven. The angels frowned in their attempts to grasp the meaning of what had happened. Only those who had seen the rise and fall of the Angel of Light, the Beautiful Musician of God, kept silence. He who had been so confident in his plan to overthrow God had himself been removed from the realm of Heaven.

None of the angels dared gaze toward the throne where the wrath of the Almighty smoldered as if a well-fueled furnace was ablaze. Many of their fellows had been cast out with the Arrogant One. If they were capable of emotions, they would have flitted about the vast expanse, hands to their heads, moaning in grief. Instead they awaited commands from the One who created them for service.

Something in the atmosphere stirred and the Almighty stood in all His majesty to survey His kingdom. His eyes no longer blazed with fury. He contemplated and when He began to move, His actions were determined and purposeful. His Spirit hovered over the ebony nothingness as if waiting.

Then God spoke the words of creation: “Let there be light.”

From least angel to greatest, the host of Heaven drew in breath and applauded in unison.

The refrain that continually filled the throne room of God burst forth from all as if from an immense pipe organ: “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

As suddenly as their praise of the Maker began it ended as He spoke again. From nothing but His own breath the firmament dividing the waters below from the waters above was made.

Again, the angels exalted the Name of the One they served. And as wonder after wonder was formed by the Almighty’s words, the praise became deafening.

Stars filled the universe, the sun and the moon each took their turn to smile upon an azure ball spinning on its God-determined orbit. Land rose from the water depths. Plant life added emerald hues to the Earth. Animals of all descriptions abounded. Fish and other strange sea creatures populated the ocean depths.

From somewhere in the outer darkness, Satan heard the increasing roar of exaltation and hissed.

With the sixth command, the host of Heaven held their breath. What could be more wonderful than those things the Maker had already created?

God stooped and ran His fingers through the miry clay of Earth. He sculpted bones and muscles, face and hair. Finally, as angels marveled, He breathed life-giving essence into the man’s nostrils. The man stretched his limbs and clay became flesh. Man, made in the likeness of the Trinity, breathed the heady fragrance of Eden and smiled.

“Walk with Me, Adam,” the Almighty invited, and the man went with Him into the verdant greenery of Eden’s garden.

Satan seethed with indignation. What right did God have to treat this creature made of the dust of the earth as His treasure? Hadn’t Satan himself once occupied that prized position?

The fallen angels mocked the frailty of the man, but Satan left his minions to follow Creator and created into Eden’s shade. He listened as the Almighty warned of the tree in the center of the garden: “For in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

And Satan smiled. He would smite the one made in God’s image, and the deed would be like smiting the Almighty Himself, the One upon which Satan focused all his hatred.

Satan the Serpent wrapped himself about the trunk of the forbidden tree patiently waiting for Adam’s mate to venture near. With cunning, he tempted her to eat, then share with Adam.

Satan laughed with hateful delight as the pair were confronted by God. Confident that these creatures treasured by the Almighty would perish forever, he made no attempt to hide himself when accused. He willingly received the words that cursed him to crawl on his belly and eat of the dust of the earth all the days of his life. But that was not the end of the condemnation.

Like a knife slitting his heart, the last words of God pierced him. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

The Arrogant One left the garden to await the woman’s Seed, sure he would yet ascend God’s throne in victory.


Quotations are from the New King James Bible and found in Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 4:8.

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Dee Yoder 07/12/07
Very well written! This is vivid in description and mood. I could almost hear the praises of the heavenly host and I loved the sentence about the Trinity reflected in the man.
Janice Cartwright07/12/07
So far yours is the only one I've read that focuses on the pride side of confidence as shown in Lucifer's covetousness, arrogance, and rebellion. The characters are majestic and proportions high, wide, handsome.
Sharlyn Guthrie07/12/07
Your account of the fall of Lucifer kept my full attention. I kept wondering how the topic would be addressed, but you also did that well. I especially liked the ending and how you tied all the events involving Satan together.
Dixie Phillips07/13/07
Amazing! Such creativity! Your "lively" verbs made this piece sizzle. It gave me goosebumps.
valerie chambers07/13/07
In all honesty to you as an author this is by far and away one of the best pieces I have ever read in my life. I was captivated by it from beginning to end.I FELT every bit of it. I give God an A+ for giving this gift to you. WOW AWESOME
Jacquelyn Horne07/14/07
Another view on the creation of man and man's fall to ponder. Thanks for sharing.
Dianne Janak07/14/07
I loved this. I was waiting to see how many would write about the dark side of confident. I loved your descriptions about heaven. You had to have had a special revelation to write that descriptively! THANKS so much for your obedience..
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/15/07
You have awesome descriptiong in this outstanding piece.
william price07/15/07
Great concept and point of view. Some superb lines. I enjoyed it. God bless.
Donna Powers 07/16/07
This is amazing. I felt as if I were witnessing Creation from a new point of view. Very well done
Jan Ackerson 07/17/07
Oooooh, good one! What a great approach, and as usual, your wordsmithing is top-notch!
Joanne Sher 07/17/07
Wow - so vivid. I felt like I was right there - especially in the beginning. You brought this alive for me.
Sara Harricharan 07/18/07
WOW! This is amazing! I could see it scrolling in my head like a movie script! Excellent descriptions, especially when creating the earth! This is definitely one of my favorites this week! Well done! ^_^
Loren T. Lowery07/18/07
A wonderful grasp of not only words, but how they can reveal a glimpse of heavenly truths. This was simply a wonderful, engaging read.
Kristen Hester07/18/07
Satan may be confident, but I am confident he will be defeated in the end. Praise God. Great writing!
Patty Wysong07/18/07
wow! So vivid and from a different perspective. Great!
Maxx .07/18/07
Wow ... very artistic. I loved the read. This is good.