September 8, 2007
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- The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
- Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:
- Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
- With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
- By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
- Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
- Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
- They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
- Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
- Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
- Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
- Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
- Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
- Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
- Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
- By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
- Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
- Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
- All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
- Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
- Son of man, set thy face against Zidon, and prophesy against it,
- And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her.
- For I will send into her pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
- And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
- Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.
- And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.
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- In the tenth year, in the tenth month, in the twelfth day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
- Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt:
- Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.
- But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.
- And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.
- And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.
- When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.
- Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee.
- And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD: because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it.
- Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia.
- No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.
- And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.
- Yet thus saith the Lord GOD; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered:
- And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom.
- It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.
- And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
- And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
- Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it:
- Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall take her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.
- I have given him the land of Egypt for his labour wherewith he served against it, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord GOD.
- In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
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- The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
- Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day!
- For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.
- And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down.
- Ethiopia, and Libya, and Lydia, and all the mingled people, and Chub, and the men of the land that is in league, shall fall with them by the sword.
- Thus saith the LORD; They also that uphold Egypt shall fall; and the pride of her power shall come down: from the tower of Syene shall they fall in it by the sword, saith the Lord GOD.
- And they shall be desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities shall be in the midst of the cities that are wasted.
- And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.
- In that day shall messengers go forth from me in ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid, and great pain shall come upon them, as in the day of Egypt: for, lo, it cometh.
- Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.
- He and his people with him, the terrible of the nations, shall be brought to destroy the land: and they shall draw their swords against Egypt, and fill the land with the slain.
- And I will make the rivers dry, and sell the land into the hand of the wicked: and I will make the land waste, and all that is therein, by the hand of strangers: I the LORD have spoken it.
- Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also destroy the idols, and I will cause their images to cease out of Noph; and there shall be no more a prince of the land of Egypt: and I will put a fear in the land of Egypt.
- And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No.
- And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.
- And I will set fire in Egypt: Sin shall have great pain, and No shall be rent asunder, and Noph shall have distresses daily.
- The young men of Aven and of Pi-beseth shall fall by the sword: and these cities shall go into captivity.
- At Tehaphnehes also the day shall be darkened, when I shall break there the yokes of Egypt: and the pomp of her strength shall cease in her: as for her, a cloud shall cover her, and her daughters shall go into captivity.
- Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
- And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first month, in the seventh day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
- Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and, lo, it shall not be bound up to be healed, to put a roller to bind it, to make it strong to hold the sword.
- Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and will break his arms, the strong, and that which was broken; and I will cause the sword to fall out of his hand.
- And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.
- And I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and put my sword in his hand: but I will break Pharaoh's arms, and he shall groan before him with the groanings of a deadly wounded man.
- But I will strengthen the arms of the king of Babylon, and the arms of Pharaoh shall fall down; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall put my sword into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall stretch it out upon the land of Egypt.
- And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
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Ezekiel 28 is a very interesting chapter. It opens with a continuation of God's message of judgment upon the heathen nations that had persecuted Israel. In this chapter Tyrus, an important city of the Phoenicians, is in view. We see in the opening verses that the root problem that the prince of this city has is his pride. He was apparently a wise man (3), and his intelligence had gotten him and his city great gain (4), but the result of this was that he was a haughty and arrogant man. Verse 2 states,
"Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God."
I believe that this statement concerning this human ruler summarizes the attitude of many in the world today - particularly those who have positions of wealth and power. The Bible teaches that the prince's heart was lifted up with pride. This made him decide that he could be the god of his life. In our world today there are many who have adopted the pagan idea that each individual is his own god, and that there is no other deity besides self. While this is certainly a problem, I would like to focus here on those who admit to the existence of an eternal, Creator-God, and yet still choose to make themselves the final authority in life rather than Jehovah. Look again at the words of the prince: he is a god, he sits in the seat of authority as god, and he believes that his thoughts and actions are those of god. Even many Christians today have set themselves up as their own authority. They read the Bible, or hear the preaching of the Word, and then decide in their own hearts that they really don't need to do what the Bible says. They decide on their own that they know more about right and wrong than God does, and they choose to do what they want rather than what He wants. Perhaps they have been financially successful in life. They have a good job, and nice home, and a newer vehicle. This fact leads them to further believe that they can be their own spiritual boss, because they seem to be prospering as a result of their decisions, and God doesn't seem to be chastening them. Always remember that circumstances do not dictate truth; God's Word is truth (John 17:17). Man's wisdom is foolishness to God (I Cor. 3:19), and God will ultimately discipline His children for their improper actions.
One of the things that make this passage particularly interesting is the change of focus that takes place in verse 12. Up until this point the message has been directed at a human prince. This is obvious because God says, "yet thou art a man" to him in verse 2. However, in verse 14 the person being addressed is referred to as "the anointed cherub that covereth". He is said to have been in Eden (13) and to have walked in the midst of stones of fire on the holy mountain of God (14). Perhaps most important is the fact that this individual was at one point perfect, but then went into sin (15). This angelic being is none other than Lucifer himself. This passage, coupled with Isaiah 14, gives us insight into how Lucifer the anointed cherub became Satan, the "great dragon, ... that old serpent, called the Devil...which deceiveth the whole world" (Rev 12:9). The reason for its inclusion in this passage concerning the prince of Tyrus is that both the prince and Lucifer had the same problem: pride. Pride brought Lucifer to rebellion and destruction, it brought the prince to rebellion and destruction, and it will do the same to you and me. May we always be careful to guard our minds and hearts against this damaging sin.
Pastor Mark J Montgomery