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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “Don’t Try to Walk before You Can Crawl” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/17/08)

TITLE: The Fall of Abaddon
By Betsy Cobb Wise


Lucifer wore a gem and gold-covered suit that glistened in brilliance as he walked in glory among the angels. He enjoyed his position of leadership and no one would ever convince him that in the future he would fall from grace. He glowed in the colors of ruby, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, turquoise and emerald.

Heaven was his as he orchestrated the various instruments to create sounds of perfect praise. No sin could be found in him as his ways were without blame. Royalty exuded like an aura around him. Many called him the covering Cherub.

One day a thought occurred to Lucifer that he could become as God or even greater. He longed for the days when others would bow at his feet and call him Lord or stand before him at his throne. The Most High saw this angel’s heart and was grieved at the pride that overtook him.

The whole earth was as rest and peace when suddenly a crack of thunder sounded throughout the skies and Lucifer found himself spiraling out of control through the atmosphere. He passed from light to darkness and resided in the air as prince of the world. His final destination would be a pit in Sheol.

As time passed, Abaddon remembered the days when he inspected the instruments of praise; namely, the dulcimer, harp, psaltery, timbrel, and trumpet. He had fond memories of the cymbal that reflected his brightness and greatness. Some of his followers called him Apollyon but most used the Hebrew name in his presence.

He noticed the couple that took up residence in the Garden of Eden and how close they were to his former master. A scheme of deceit and temptation was brewing in Abaddon’s mind and heart to beguile Adam and Eve and wound this God he use to know. He would enter into their presence on both feet and approach the weaker one, Eve.

Abaddon had practiced his new nature so that his wickedness was masked by his subtleness. An ensnaring trap was about to be sprung upon this “precious” couple that God enjoyed spending time with. No longer would they be so precious in God’s sight.

The devil arrived un-noticed in the vicinity of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil and he began a conversation with the woman. He asked probing questions to her so that in the end the fruit on the forbidden tree looked good to her. She did take and eat fruit from it.

God delivered the punishment for this sin to the serpent who had walked into this peaceful garden and said, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you will go, and dust you will eat all the days of your life” (Genesis 3:14). Because God cursed Abaddon to live on his belly that meant he came into the garden upright.

In Abaddon’s case he probably would have been better off to slither in on his belly to start with. At least in that position, he might have learned humility. As he exited the garden, he wondered was that the smell of half-eaten fruit he just slid over?

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