I decided to choose a subject for this post by randomly selecting a book, chapter, and verse in the Old Testament not knowing what I would find and write about it. I love doing random things like that. Often I will pick up my Bible and close my eyes open the book and wherever the page lands is where I begin to read. I had a preacher tell me that this is not good to do when looking for answers to problems. He may be right, but I enjoy the unexpectedness of what awaits for me to read. So that is what I did today and look what a gem I have found!
“Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “You had 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 ruby, the topaz and the diamond; the beryl, the onyx and the jasper; the lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, was in you. On the day that you were created they were prepared. “You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked in the midst of the stones of fire. “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you. “By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence, and you sinned; therefore I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, that they may see you. “By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you; it has consumed you, and I have turned you to ashes on the earth in the eyes of all who see you. “All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have become terrified and you will cease to be forever.”’” Ezekiel 28:12-19, (New American Standard Bible or NASB).
Wow! Talk about the favored one! This guy had it all, looks, riches, education, and a great heritage. Notice how he was wanted and planned for and given everything! On the day that you were created they were prepared. “You were the anointed cherub who covers, and I placed you there. He was to be the next king and rule his people from the time he was born and was groomed to be a great leader and then became that king over his kingdom. He had every advantage possible known to mankind and was even favored by God’s placing him in that family. Yes, this guy had it all! But what did he do with it?
We see this in our own world today if we are looking. A child is born to a rich and famous family and we say they were born with a sliver spoon in their mouth. They are good-looking just as their parents were good-looking. They are given the best education money can buy. They are a great influence on teenagers and are emulated by many. They are the cream of the crop and so often it isn’t long until they are in rehab for becoming an addict. We shake our heads and wonder what happened to the kid who had everything and wasted it all. It is an old story and yet we don’t seem to learn from it. Have you ever considered the possibility that God intervened and brought them down from that prestigious mountain top? Hey, if God brought down the King of Tyre way back then and God still exists today then God is probably behind the downfall of the kid born with the silver spoon in his mouth! You see God is at work in every person’s life. He is either working in you because you say you want to follow Jesus or He is working in calling you to Jesus. When you have everything the world lusts after, looks, money, breeding, education, talent and so forth one would think that person would be happy all the time. But God sees the heart and knows the truth and it isn’t long before the rest of us see the truth too. Money can’t buy happiness. Sex can’t bring happiness to the heart. Power and position can’t bring happiness. Alcohol and drugs can’t bring happiness. The truth of the matter is that the world craves happiness above all else but nothing in the world can actually make you happy or sustain happiness for very long. Only a real and true relationship with God can fill that longing for happiness. The rich and famous are just like the rest of us, miserable until they accept Jesus Christ into their hearts and minds and lives.
The King of Tyre began to think that he was the power broker and deal maker and the controller of every person’s life through his business dealings. He thought that he was the architect of all the riches and lavish lifestyle that he lived. He never gave God any praise for all that he had and had been born into. In fact the King of Tyre began to think that he was God and that was his biggest mistake! God will not tolerate this kind of blasphemy for long. Have you ever thought what happened to leaders in our own time that have thought they were a god? Where is Hitler? Where are the Marcos? Where is Pol Pot? Where is Gaddafi? Where is Hussein? Where is Peron? Where is Salazar? Where is Ho Chi Minh? And I could go on and on and on! Never doubt that the one behind the dictator’s fall from power is God. God uses the world leaders of the day to break these out-of-control regimes just as He did to the King of Tyre. God lets the entire world see the evil and watch that evil be trampled to death. I don’t know about you but I am thankful that God is in control of our world today even though so often we think He isn’t. If I were living in some of the countries who are being brutalized by their own government leaders I would probably be praying for relief soon. God doesn’t always hurry the way that I would like, but in the end God always wins. We must never forget that! Hey! I wonder if the word tyrant comes from the root word Tyre! Hmmmm! It would make sense I suppose!
I think it is important for all of us to see the warning in this passage from the Old Testament. It isn’t the riches that made the king fall from grace. It isn’t the privileged birth that made him fall. It isn’t the good education that made him fall. It isn’t his parents that made him fall. What made the King of Tyre fall from his position and kingship is his attitude toward God. The king replaced God with himself and that is blasphemy and God punishes such an act with death. We may not be born into a wealthy and privileged family but we can begin to think more of ourselves than we should. When we believe that everything we have achieved was done by the sweat of our on work and wisdom then our hearts are not giving God credit for all that He has done for us. It is a dangerous line of thinking and leads only to death. So let us all thank God for where we were born and what circumstances we were born into and for His help and protection and guidance in our lives. After all we are where we are and who we are today because of God’s blessings aren’t we?