Ezekiel 28 covers the fall of the king of Tyre. A real king of a real physical kingdom who ruled as an enemy against God’s people. His fate was to be similar to that of the other nations that stood in rebellion against God. the Ammonites, the Philistines, and the Egyptians were all going to come under the judgment of God for their crimes, and Tyre sat in their midst, as guilty as the rest.
But God does something unique with the king of Tyre and speaks of him in such a way that it would be hard to identify this person as human at all. He was in the garden of Eden and clothed in precious stones (Ezekiel 28:13), and he was appointed the guardian over the cherubim, which we briefly mentioned last week. Listen to these words from Ezekiel 28:
“You were the signet of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond,
beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle;
and crafted in gold were your settings
and your engravings.
On the day that you were created
they were prepared.
14 You were an anointed guardian cherub.
I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God;
in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
till unrighteousness was found in you.
That does not sound like a man, does it? It sounds like Satan, the beautiful and powerful ruler of the angels, who grew so drunk with his own self worth that He rebelled against God, and God ejected him from paradise.
I want to point out briefly that the reason Satan was ejected from heaven was not because of some obvious atrocity. He was sent away because of pride. He looked at himself and saw something so lovely that He felt He was worthy of more praise than God himself.
Pride killed Satan. Yet pride is often seen as a virtue in our culture. We take pride in our work or our family or our kids. We are encouraged to make ourselves look smart and mature and together in the eyes of others. We are told that we are worth something because we’re good enough, smart enough, and dog gone it, people like us.
But this attitude is prideful and contrary to God’s design. God delights when we look at what is lovely, whether that be our family, or a sunset, or a ballet, or a productive day, and we give Him the glory for it. Satan should have praised the Lord for the beauty and power he had been given, but He was blinded by pride. Let us not follow in his ways. Remember that we are no where near worth comparing to Satan in beauty and power, so how much more foolish is our pride.
God desires our humility, for He loves to exalt people who humble themselves. Let God exalt you. Let God take pride in you. And let us follow the apostle Paul by taking pride in God. Boasting only in Christ alone.