I always take refuge in this prayer, especially as a sinner. Who is nonetheless tempted everyday. By the tempter, and the world. And of course my own disrupted concupiscent desires as well. And then through my fault (my most grievous.) So do I pray to Saint Michael the Archangel.
But something always perplexed me in this prayer. Why would a loving God, Who came to save souls, would condemn anyone to Hell? Or cast anyone? Does God have mercy of human beings, but not for angels? But Jesus did talk about the goats going to Hell, too. Sometimes I get a broken heart, as a sinner. Who is fallen. The mercy of God seems less. But, in Jesus Mercy and Justice. Do I continue to hope.
Saint Michael (who is like onto God) brought all my fears, doubt, and trembling to a rest. For in his own name, does appear who he is before God. And since angels are pure spirits (knowing God fully.) It is then clear what this Prince of the Heavenly Host was rebuking satan for. Even Jesus rebuked the Saduccee’s and Pharisee’s. I think He said they serve their father, the father of lies. And, He rebuked them and the money changer.
What then was Saint Michael rebuking satan for? Well, it’s in his name: Who is like onto God? Curiously the devil’s own temptation struck Eve, and then Adam, before the fall. The devil wanted something more, to be like God. Or rather, to be God (in His might, His majesty, His dominion.) Thus why the devil’s cry is: non-serviam.
When the devil says to Eve:“You surely will not die. You will become like gods.” He is calling God a liar. He opposes God and His throne. Hence, the devil wants to take over. And hence the Angel, Saint Michael, and that Heavenly Host of 9 Choirs rebuke the fallen one and his angels. Because, they came to over throw God’s throne. And in that skirmish, did the serpent (Nahash/Leviathan) try to overthrow and disrupt God’s dominion over creation: hence the anti-God; the anti-Christ (the one and the same villainous spirit trying to be introduced through Adam’s progeny.): I will put enmity between your seed and her seed. Notice the parallels between Saint Michael’s battle and Eve’s (Adam included.)
The devil is rebuked that there is no one like onto God, the least being the angel of light himself (Lucifer.) And thus, rebuking him that is Hell. For which the devil gets rebuked into it. The angel of light cannot take correction, because he wants to become god. Yet, he cannot. Thanks be to God!