by Rev Joel Yong
The word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, say to the prince of Tyre, Thus says the Lord God: Because your heart is proud, and you have said, I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas, yet you are but a man, and no god, though you make your heart like the heart of a god— you are indeed wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you; by your wisdom and your understanding you have made wealth for yourself, and have gathered gold and silver into your treasuries; by your great wisdom in your trade you have increased your wealth, and your heart has become proud in your wealth— therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you make your heart like the heart of a god, therefore, behold, I will bring foreigners upon you, the most ruthless of the nations; and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor. They shall thrust you down into the pit, and you shall die the death of the slain in the heart of the seas. Will you still say, I am a god, in the presence of those who kill you, though you are but a man, and no god, in the hands of those who slay you?
Ezekiel records prophecies against the prince of Tyre.
Many scholars have mentioned the similarities between these prophecies about an earthly king and Lucifer.
I believe these prophecies describe a haughty earthly king while alluding to a demonic influence that has fueled this king’s arrogance – Satan himself.
We would do well to remember we have an enemy that does not rest and seeks to cause the downfall of mankind by leading many astray. Even when we read headlines of earthly rulers or warlords committing all kinds of atrocities – know that the devil is never uninvolved in influencing mankind in such cases. He tempts – and many give in.
Watch and be wary for the devil roams – as the Letters of Peter said – seeking to take us down.