Sunday, March 24, 2019

March 24 - Ezekiel 28

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 28. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • The series of prophecies continue against the city of Tyre continues. As stated in previous chapters, Tyre was a powerful but proud trading city that gloated when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Babylonians (the reason being Jerusalem was a competitor to their trading business). In this chapter, the prophecy puts its focus on the prince of Tyre. The prince of Tyre is described as a self-absorbed and prideful man that placed his happiness in all of the riches he had acquired. Because the prince of Tyre's heart was in an evil place, God says that he will be destroyed and that all of the beauty of Tyre will fall with it.
  • Starting in verse 11, the attention shifts to the king of Tyre rather than the prince of Tyre. The king of Tyre is in reference to Satan. The prince of Tyre, an actual human man was ruling over Tyre in a real physical sense but the king of Tyre, Satan, was ruling over Tyre in a spiritual sense. God recognizes that Satan before his downfall was a great and perfect being but that pride ruined him.
  • The chapter concludes with a hopeful look to the future when Israel stops living in Babylonian captivity and gathers together once again to live in peace.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • There are several parallels between the prince of Tyre and the king of Tyre. Both are pride and the rejection of God as the ultimate leader. Satan was originally a powerful being created by God and recognized as beautiful but because Satan eventually viewed himself as higher than God, he was cast out of heaven and labeled as "profane" rather than "beautiful". In the same way, the prince of Tyre relied on his own strength and was eventually judged because of his self-centered pride.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

Do you deal with pride? Do you find yourself relying too much on your own strength and willpower? God desires for you to lean on him when life is good and when life is tough. He desires to have an active relationship with you because He loves you and knows that His strength is never failing. Take some time pray to Him and ask for His strength.