Ezekiel 28

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“Son of man, sing this funeral song for the king of Tyre. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord” (Ezekiel 28:12 NLT).

November 13, 2018

The Lord gave the prophet Ezekiel the words for a dirge to be sung for the king of Tyre. Yet, the words to the funeral song seem to at times describe the state of Satan before he was cast down. The lyrics might be seen as portraying Satan assigning divine attributes and honors to himself through his influence over the earthly king of Tyre. In some ways, this description of the king of Tyre foreshadows the beast spoken of in Daniel and Revelation.

So, who is this lament for? As the Scripture says, it is for the king of Tyre. Yet, it pulls back the curtain on the spiritual world, revealing both the influences and dark forces at work behind the scenes and the sovereign power of God over such realms.

“Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings” (Ezekiel 28:17 NLT)

November 13, 2014

What started as a prophecy against the king of Tyre, ended up being a description of Satan’s origin and fall. Perhaps the connection is that the pride of beauty, power and wisdom tempted both of them to sin. Some would say that pride is the root of sin. Saying, “I will,” rather than “If God wills” is the attitude that leads to disobedience. Thus, the proverb, “Pride goeth before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18).