Ezekiel 28.1-10 – Self idolatry and who is truly blessed
Posted: 24 September 2010 in Ezekiel

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.

Here again human pride is being condemned; perhaps in especially forceful terms because, with his absolute power, an absolute monarch is particularly tempted to set himself on a par with God. The prince of Tyrus apparently succumbed to that temptation. God is Lord of all creation, and we all are his servants – including those amongst us who, like the prince of Tyrus, may dislike that fact intensely. Paradoxically, people whose self will is frustrated at almost every turn, and whom God allows little worldly success, are actually being blessed by God. Without any reason to think of themselves as masters of the universe, they are much better placed to allow God his rightful role in their lives, and, like Abraham before them, much better placed to become his friends.

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