Ezekiel 28:1-5

Ezekiel 28:1-5

1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.
3 Are you wiser than Danel*? Is no secret hidden from you? 4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries. 5 By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
*a man of renown in ancient literature

Two phrases jump out in the verses above. The first is “In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god…” and the second is “…because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.” Both of these were directed at the ruler of Tyre, but I wonder if both could be directed at many in the USA. After all we are Americans (!) and by worldly standards the great majority of us are wealthy.

Before the protests grow too loud and numerous, think on how so many in their pride justify their sin. Like the ruler of Tyre we want to define what is sin and what is not, but it is God who tells us what is sin and what is not. He has even written it on our hearts, so when we rebel against what we know is true we are claiming to know better than God what is sin and what is not. With so much pride in our hearts it is difficult for us to discern the truth or to even want to discern the truth, but there it is – written on our hearts and in the Bible.

Whether we are talking about the ruler of Tyre or ourselves, just how bad can we be with the pride of our hearts and it increasing as our wealth increases? The answer is provided a few verses later.

17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.

Because of our riches, wealth, and the ability to display it in a false great splendor so that we are fooled by the patina of our wealth. We cannot see things as they are, our eyes are fooled and we neglect the Word of God becoming foolish, stupid, and ever more prideful. Once we deceive our hearts, there is no end to it. It is no wonder the king of Tyre is cast to the ground and made a spectacle, a laughing stock. More so, what happened to him is a warning to all who come after him of Godly vengeance.

Let us accept God’s free gift of Grace with humbleness and gratefulness, knowing how undeserving we were. Let us never treat His Word, His Grace, and Him with contempt and distain, thinking we know better.