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Pride And The Serpent

John Collins12/28/2012Ezekiel 28 teaches us the sin of pride, and tells us exactly where it comes from.

In the example of the prince of Tyre, we find pride that had fully consumed a man.  Rulers of the pagan ancient world presented themselves as gods before their people, demanding worship from their subjects and instilling fear into their hearts to submission.  The prince of Tyre was no exception.  Not only did he present himself as a god, he had convinced even himself that he was a god -- insomuch that he started to say it aloud.

The prince of Tyre sat in the "seat of the gods," the city of Tyre.  It is said that he believed that he was Poseidon, ruler of the seas.  Ezekiel condemned the prince, reminding him that he was just a mortal man and not a god.

The prince was full of wisdom.  Ezekiel said that he had more wisdom than Daniel, but he used his wisdom for selfish reasons.  His wisdom was used to accumulate great wealth and power through the trade port city of Tyre.  While Daniel used his wisdom for God, the prince used wisdom to build one of the most powerful trade routes of the ancient world.  But he became filled with pride in doing so.

Ezekiel condemned the prince of Tyre for his pride.  Because he had made his heart like the heart of a god, the One True God spoke through Ezekiel to foretell of his coming demise.  God would send the most ruthless of the nations against Tyre, and their swords would cut through the prince's wisdom.  Ezekiel asked, "Will you still say 'I am a god' in the presence of those who kill you?'"

The Word of the Lord came again to Ezekiel, telling him to speak out against the evil that had consumed him.  This time, God focused on the heart of the matter: the "evil one" that had deceived the king.

Directly to the king of Tyre, Ezekiel said that he was the serpent from the Garden of Eden, Satan himself.  He was adorned with precious stones, making himself beautiful, from the garden.

God reminded Satan that he was created to be a guardian cherub.  He was beautiful because God created him to be so, and placed him on the holy mountain of God.  Adorned with beautiful stones, Satan walked among the stones of fire.

Satan was blameless before God from the day he was created, but one day unrighteousness was found within.  Just as the king of Tyre was exalted because of the abundance of trade through the port city, Satan was consumed by the abundance of his trade.  Satan became filled with violence, and he sinned.  

God cast Satan from the holy mountain of God, driving him from the midst of the stones of fire.  Satan had became filled with pride because of his beauty, and he corrupted his wisdom for the sake of his splendor.

As Ezekiel condemned the prince of Tyre, he then condemned Satan himself, the evil that consumed the king.  He foretold of the day when Satan would be no more forever.

Ezekiel said that Satan would be cast down to the ground, and exposed before kings.  Their eyes would see Satan for who he is, and see the iniquity that filled him.  Satan would be consumed by fire, and lie as ashes on the earth for all to see.  All who once knew Satan would stand appalled at his ashes, and Satan would come to his dreadful end.  He would be no more forever.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we let our pride consume us?  Do we think ourselves better than other Christians?  How many follow the doctrines from Jeffersonville that other Christians who are "kind to the bride" will be our servants?  How many pray in the name of Joseph, making him a god like the king of Tyre?  How many focus on the "hidden wisdom" and the "mysteries" rather than the Word of God?  If God were to come down in our midst today, would he speak through us against this evil, or would we be the ones He sent men to condemn?

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