Monday, November 17, 2014

Bible Study Notes in Ezekiel- Chapter 28

Ezekiel 28


-Ezekiel takes his message from the city of Tyre to the king of Tyre in his next word from the LORD (Ezekiel 28:2, 12). This king was the cause of the fall because he lifted his heart up to be like God, which introduces us to the concept of original sin and the activities of Satan in the beginning of creation. There is a comparison and running theme of this pride issue intertwined throughout the passage between the king of Tyre and his influencer, Satan. We see the beauty, perfection, and wisdom that is bequeathed upon each, which lead to their haughty spirit and the deception that they were like God as a god themselves (Ezekiel 28:2-6, 9, 12, 15, 17-18). This lie lead to their destruction since none is like the LORD God. One more interesting note is the reference to the wisdom of Daniel, who was a contemporary of Ezekiel in Babylon and had apparently already received incredible accolades in the foreign land (Ezekiel 28:3).

-The phrases “You were in Eden, the garden of God,” “You were the anointed cherub who covers,” and “You were on the holy mountain of God” could only refer to the spiritual person of Satan, which takes the message from the mere physical reality of this king from Tyre to the power behind him (Ezekiel 28:13-14). From this text we can learn some important characteristics of the one who is called Satan, Lucifer, the enemy, the accuser, the adversary, the star of the morning, the son of dawn, the devil, the dragon, the serpent, or Beelzebub in Scripture. He was created (Ezekiel 28:13, 15), he was blameless in his ways at the creation (Ezekiel 28:15), he had a free will to choose right or wrong (Ezekiel 28:15-16), violence is his internal filling (Ezekiel 28:16), he is the father of sin and unrighteousness (Ezekiel 28:15-16), he was cast from the mountain of God as profane to the ground before human kings to be seen (Ezekiel 28:16-17), his beauty made his heart be lifted up in conceit (Ezekiel 28:17), and his wisdom corrupted him by reason of his splendor (Ezekiel 28:17). So, within the context of this judgment on the king of Tyre, deeper spiritual implications are taught.

-God’s word is declared for recompense upon this evil and prideful king. Strangers were prophesied to come upon the nation of Tyre, the most ruthless of the nations who will draw swords and cut them down from their beauty defiling their splendor (Ezekiel 28:7). They will be brought down to the pit dying the death of those who are slain in the heart of the seas and the uncircumcised (Ezekiel 28:8, 10). Fire will consume them because of the multitude of their iniquities and the unrighteousness of their trade which profaned sanctuaries (Ezekiel 28:18). Those that know them from previous ventures will be appalled and terrified as Tyre ceases to be forever (Ezekiel 28:19).

-Then, a new word is given for Sidon, which was just north of Tyre along the Mediterranean coast. God spoke against this city too with a coming pestilence and violence for being a nuisance with contempt to Israel (Ezekiel 28:20-24). This is done again for the purpose that “they will KNOW that I am the LORD God (Ezekiel 28:22-24).” Sidon’s economy was so closely tied to Tyre that when they fell to Nebuchadnezzar, Sidon was doomed as well.

-In the last two verses of the chapter we get the hope of regathering for Israel once again prophesied. It will be at this time that the LORD’s holiness will be manifested in the sight of the nations, the Israelites will again live in their land, they will live securely planting vineyards and building houses, and they will KNOW that the LORD is God as they see the Sovereign execute judgments upon all who disdain them round about (Ezekiel 28:25-26).

-*Application* We must destroy pride at its source. Recognize the enemy within and kill him with the blood of Christ shed at Calvary accepted by us through faith. Then walk humbly with your King (Micah 6:8).


Verse to Memorize: Ezekiel 28:17

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