the surest way to get run over
is to sit in the middle of the road.
Pick a side.
But don't just have an opinion
based on feeling or popularity.
Check the facts, do your homework,
and stand for something.
Truth wins in the end.
So here, I'm going to take a side
in the argument over a passage
of scripture that is debated
by the best of Theologians.
The Proclamations against
the King of Tyre in Ezekiel 28,
begins with verses 1-10 about
his pride, self-promotion and god complex
that have brought upon him this downfall.
But then the verbiage gets a little
more difficult to attribute to
a simple human king.
As we turn the corner to verse 11.
this is where the debate begins.
For some scholars believe
the next verses transition to the spiritual realm.
That they become a dual prophecy, of sorts.
For these same crimes of the King of Tyre
were also committed by an angel long before
the earth was even created.
Pride, self-promotion and a god-complex,
were the same sins attributed to Satan
in his fall from heaven.
And Ezekiel 28:11-19, fits the description
of just how that could have happened.
And here just a portion...
You were the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The sardius, topaz, and diamond,
Beryl, onyx, and jasper,
Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you
on the day you were created.
You were the anointed cherub who covers;
I established you;
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked back and forth
in the midst of fiery stones.
You were perfect in your ways
from the day you were created,
Till iniquity was found in you.
When reading it as a description
of the fall of an angel, the verses
actually make much more sense
than as the description of a mere mortal.
And while Ezekiel is still addressing
the King of Tyre, it has been proposed
that he could have been even possessed
by an evil spirit or demon
causing this pride that God was comparing
to that of the fallen angel.
Either way, whether it a comparison
or a direct address of Satan,
here is where I choose my side,
not to stay in the middle of that road...
and here my homework, or points
which convince me.
If this were only about the King of Tyre,
who lived in 587 B.C.,
how could he also have been
in Eden, the garden of God,
which was closed to man,
and a guard set for no one to re-enter
since the days of Adam and Eve?
And what man could possibly claim
to be an anointed cherub, who
stood on the holy mountain of God,
and walked back and forth in the
midst of fiery stones and was
perfect in his ways
since the day he was created?
These are all too many for just one,
let alone, a mortal man
being called by God...
Unless of course, one takes the theory
that the King of Tyre was possessed
by this evil pride, self-promotion
and god-complex of Satan.
In which case
the prophecy now has greater claims
and is more definitive as being about
this fallen angel.
Looking deeper into the verses,
when we take this stand,
we can learn much
about our adversary.
Most of us have heard
that Satan, formerly Lucifer,
was to have been a beautiful angel.
His original name actually means
bright light, or morning star.
And he was clearly adorned in beauty
with jewels of great variety and color.
And his body created of hinged
and faceted instruments like the
tambourine and horn which could only
make a joyful noise to the Lord
as he moved about the heavens.
But what struck me as new,
was this phrase...
You were the anointed cherub who covers.
This word anointed in this verse
represents the expanded and
far reaching wing span of the cherub.
And this word covers means
to screen and protect;
to hedge about, or fence in.
I was surprised to think that Lucifer
was the protective angel sort.
I mean, I realized that he would have had
access to the most holy places.
That he was adorned in beauty.
That he was musical, and radiant with light.
But never did I consider that he
would be an angel who might cover...
screen and protect a fearful child,
hedge about, or fence in an innocent lamb.
For the Lord sends angels like this
when we are in need.
Those who surely have extended
and far reaching wings to protect.
But now, this angel of light
is no more possible a protector.
And rather than covering,
he uncovers, exposes, and shames...
causing fear and insecurity.
Because he got caught up in all this...
his appearance and pride
and wanted to be a god, himself.
Your heart was lifted up
because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom
for the sake of your splendor;
All the while forgetting the one thing...
I established you...
As God does all of us.
As God does all things.
Oh how quickly we can lose our purpose,
get lost in ourselves and tangle
the very thing God designed to define us,
because we forget,
that He established us.
This is not what I long for in my life.
If God has a word or phrase that defines me,
let me never get so caught up
in my pride that I don't live up to it's true meaning.
Let me not be the antithesis
of my purpose.
Word of God
train me today...
To stand for truth with wisdom and certainty.
To seek, find and live out my true purpose,
knowing that I am established by You.
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