THU. 21st FEB., 2019
THEME: THE PROUD WILL BE ABASED
TEXT: EZEKIEL 28:2 – 17
2. Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: 3. Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee: 4. With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures: 5. By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches: 6. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God; 7. Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness. 8. They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas. 9. Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee. 10. Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. 11. Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 12. Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. 13. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. 15. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. 16. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. 17. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Pride appears to be an integral part of people’s behaviour, especially some Christians today. Most times, it is caused by an elevation from a lower state to a higher state of life in aspects of spirituality, position, finance and so on. Many people think of themselves more valued and better than others, but the truth remains that God opposes the proud (Ps.40:4; 101:5; Prov.6:17; James 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5).
The passage under examination portrays God’s anger over Tyre due to her pride. The people of Tyre behaved themselves as God the creator. Because of their great skills, they had become wealthy which led them to become proud. Again, Tyre was a city noted for her beauty and splendor. These contributed to her proud lifestyle.
However, one thing that is sure is that the proud will be abased. To be abased is to be humbled, lowered especially in rank, position or prestige. God pronounced three dimensional punishments on Tyre because of her pride. (1)Destruction by foreigners – (verse 7); (2) Disgrace – (verse 16); (3)Desolation –( verse 17 )
The kingdom of Tyre, a city on the Mediterranean Sea and a stronghold which took powerful Nebuchadnezzar 13 years to conquer, was once godly, a model of perfection and beauty, blameless, anointed and adorable, but due to pride and other sins, she lost all these and was punished by God (verses 12 – 17).
Many of us are like the people of Tyre; we were once humble and godly but when God elevated us spiritually, financially or in some other position, we become proud and ungodly. God is warning us today; either repent or be abased. 1Cor.10:12 says “Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he/she falls.” Also remember the Bible says, “God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble.”
HYMN: EMHB 549 (184.108.40.206.)
1: LORD, that I may learn of Thee,
Give me true simplicity;
Wean my soul, and keep it low.
Willing Thee alone to know.
2: Let me cast my reeds aside,
All that feeds my knowing pride,
Not to man, but God submit,
Lay my reasonings at Thy feet;
3: Of my boasted wisdom spoiled,
Docile, helpless, as a child,
Only seeing in Thy light,
Only walking in Thy might.
4: Then infuse the teaching grace,
Spirit of truth and righteousness;
Knowledge, love divine, impart,
Life eternal, to my heart.
MEMORY VERSE: Proverbs 18:12 “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud but humility comes before honour.”
PRAYER: Grant me a humble heart, me O Lord, in every aspect of my life. Let me always live a life free from pride, to thereby escape God’s punishment in Jesus’ name. Amen.