The Fall of A Man

“For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, but the wicked shall fall by calamity (Proverbs 24:16).”

Andrew Sommer, 16, was parking on the 7th floor of a garage when he inadvertently stepped on the gas instead of the brake. The car gunned forward and crashed through the safety wall and plunged helplessly until landing upside down on the roof of the one story building below. Incredibly, the teen survived the fall and will recover from his injuries. Houston Fire Department Captain, Al Castillo responded to the accident and said, “It’s amazing he wasn’t more seriously injured. God was on his side today.” (1)

After such a fall we should have no reasonable expectation that a man should survive, in fact it doesn’t seem humanly possible (Matthew 19:26). When man fell in the garden, he should have not have been expected to have survived either (Genesis 2:17).

We seem to have an innate sense of self-preservation and a fear of falling lest we end up as Jezebel (2 Kings 9:33). There are so many heights that we scale that can easily endanger us. Pride is a precarious precipice for many people. Many believe they can climb great peaks on their own skills and abilities and pay little heed to the inherent risks. Paul said, “Let he who thinks he stands take heed, lest he fall (1 Corinthians 10:12).” Others trust in their own righteousness and works as their stairway to heaven. The Apostle warned that those who seek such a course have fallen from grace and severed themselves from Christ (Galatians 5:4).

There are some still, who find the narrow way too lofty and difficult (Matthew 7:13-14) and descend to follow the well-worn trek that others are treading. But those who knowingly pursue this path have fallen and cannot rise again (Hebrews 6:4-6). Many will follow untrustworthy Sherpas who promise to take them to the celestial summit. The Thessalonians were cautioned that before the Lord’s return there would be a great falling away (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4). Jesus said that the fate of those who follow such guides is that they will fall into the pit along with their leaders (Matthew 15:14).

Satan even tried to deceive our Lord in this manner, taking Him to the highest point in Jerusalem and tempting Him to prove His deity and saying, “Throw Yourself down from here (Luke 4:9-12).” But Jesus did not take the bait, rather He saw the devil fall from the heights of heaven (Luke 10:18). Has not Satan similarly lured all men to leap without fear of falling? He seeks to take as many as possible with him in his final fatal fall into forever (Matthew 25:41).

But don’t despair Christian. God does not desire that anyone should fall fatally (1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9). He has a plan to rescue the fallen. Jesus descended from His position of glory in heaven (John 3:13, Philippians 2:5-11) to lift men up to life. But sometimes, even formerly obedient disciples can fall (Mark 14:71-72, James 5:19-20, 1 Timothy 1:19-20, 2 Timothy 2:17-18). Even in such cases recovery is possible. First, one must remember from where they have fallen and repent (Revelation 2:5). Secondly, they must remain humble before the Lord, trusting that He will lift them up (James 4:10).

We have all fallen and should have died. But God is merciful and is able to save each man from their fall.

“And David said to Gad, ‘I am in great distress. Please let us fall into the hand of the LORD, for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man (2 Samuel 24:14).’”



Billy Alexander is a member of the church of Christ in Jersey Village in Houston, TX. He and his wife Gwen both work at Hewlett-Packard where they met and have worked more than 25 years each. Billy enjoys teaching Bible several times each week at Jersey Village and Memorial church of Christ. Since 2008, his weekly article "Equipping the Saints" as run in the Jersey Village bulletin.

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