A God?

Does Ezekiel 28 speak about Satan?

There are many who think and teach so.  Yet, I insist that the passage itself denies that idea. Listen to v. 2:

Your heart is proud, and you have said: I am a god. I sit in the seat of gods in the heart of the sea. Yet you are a man, and not a god, though you have regarded your heart as that of a god.

Certainly, the King of Tyre may have thought himself to be a god—that isn’t the point. But some, because of the imagery that follows in the rest of the chapter, think that this was actually a reference to Satan, that the things said about the King could have been said of none but that evil one. Yet, they fail to recognize the extravagant nature of oriental imagery.

When the text is explicit, however, it is dangerous to say it is speaking of something else. Doesn’t it say, addressing the King of Tyre sitting upon his seemingly impregnable throne, in his unconquerable island in the sea, YOU are a man?” He may have said, “I am a god?” He may have thought so, but a man isn’t a god, he isn’t an angel—even a fallen one!

There is no affirmation of any other fact in the text.  Indeed, the passage plainly sets things straight from the outset: “Yet you are a man.”  He isn’t addressed as an angel, as Satan, or anything other than what he was—“a man.”

My plea is—no matter how others have construed the passage—stick with the clear words of the Scriptures.  That is the only way to do accurate exegesis.

The Devil

The Devil didn’t make you do it!

In spite of frequent offering of this excuse by sinners, it simply isn’t true of Christians. 1 John 5:18, indicates that he can’t even touch the believer.

What can he do?

He can tempt a Christian to sin—as he tempted Christ.

But, it is the believer who is responsible for yielding to it.

He doesn’t do it directly as with Jesus, but usually by the world (his crowd) and the things that are in the world. Christians never have a reason for saying “The devil made me do it.” They need to be told so and held responsible for sinful behavior on all occasions.

We must look out for the evil one who wants us to sin, and puts many temptations in our way. He is not God and, therefore, is not omnipresent. He can’t be in more than one place at a time. But he has his “angels” (fallen, sinful ones) by which he operates in all the world. The devil is an adversary of the first order, but the Lord Jesus is more powerful and will keep you from his influence.