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Ezekiel 28

Ezekiel 28 has the prophet getting more from God about the folks in Tyre.  God is really winding up to do a number of them.  He has had it with these people, and it is based on their pride and self focus.  “Because your heart is proud, and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of the gods, in the heart of the seas,’ yet you are but a man, and no god”.  God opposed the proud.  He does not look kindly on those who push Him off His spot as God and replace Him with themselves.  So God will put Tyre in it’s place.

The outcome of pride and self is never good.  In the case of Tyre, God says “I will bring foreigners upon you, the most ruthless of the nations; and they shall draw their swords”.  They are headed for destruction.  God is going to knock them off the place they think they are sitting and put them where they belong.  God asks a difficult question: “Will you still say, ‘I am a god,’ in the presence of those who kill you”?  He will take us down a few notches when we become prideful and make us acknowledge that we are not what we have allowed ourselves to think.

But even though God is completely irritated with these people, He comes back to the reality and truth that they were not created to be bad.  “You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you”.  God doesn’t make us bad.  We choose to become sinners, we are not created that way.  We try to blame our sin problem on the devil, or our parents, or the church, or anyone other than ourselves.  But the truth is that we choose to disobey and sin.  It is our own problem and God will treat it that way!

Ezekiel finally moves on after almost 4 chapters have been devoted to Tyre, and now is talking to the people of Sidon.  “They shall know that I am the Lord when I execute judgments in her and manifest my holiness in her”.  God will make Himself known to all of us.  We can see Him in the Creation.  If we pay attention, we will see Him throughout the day.  But He will not only be known by us, He will pass judgment on us and bring His holiness to us.  God is God.  He is in control  We need to wake up and walk with Him!

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