The Downfall of Pride

(11) The word of the LORD came to me:
(12) “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: “‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
(13) You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared.
(14) You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones.
(15) You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.
(16) Through your widespread trade you were filled with violence, and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled you, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.
(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.
(18) By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.
(19) All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.'” Ezekiel 28:11-19 NIV

Did God create a devil?  Some people say God created the devil to be evil.  When you read these verses in Ezekiel 28 you realize that Ezekiel is talk about more than just the king of Tyre.  There is no way that the king of Tyre was:

  •      In the Garde of Eden (13);
  •      A guardian cherub (14)
  •      Was on the holy mount of God (14)
  •      Was created perfect until wickedness/sin was found in him (15)
  •      Was cast out of heaven to earth (see also Revelation 12:9)

Ezekiel is not only describing the king of Tyre but also Satan.  Notice that there will be an end for Satan.  Verses 18 and 19 are in the presence tense for the king of Tyre but is also future for Satan.  He will have an end.  We will study further on this topic and see that Satan was created in beauty and was one of the angels that was at the throne of God until pride filled his heart and he rebelled against God.


Written by Diane Levy


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