Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
November 27 Scripture Selection: Ezekiel 27-28
Food for Thought: Ez. 28:2-10; 14-17
A warning to any man, nation, or angelical being: your refusal to acknowledge and submit to the One true God and your attempt to exalt yourself to His level will lead to your demise. Lucifer did it, the prince of Tyre did it, and men continue to do it today. Somehow, they claim credit for their splendor, strength, wisdom, and might, as if they created themselves. But as history has shown, such haughtiness will not go without consequences for long. Eventually the reality of God’s supremacy and how far beneath Him the rebellious are is revealed, and it is done most publicly.
Lucifer was the first to experience the consequence of daring to place himself at the level of God. Isaiah 14:12-17 gives the account of what happened (confirmed by Jesus in Luke 10:18):
“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,
I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. “Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’”
Notice the similarity of the fate of the being, whether referring to the prince/king of Tyre or the nation itself, or to mankind, or to the angelic being (or any combination of them, allegorically) found in Ezekiel 28:14-17:
“You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; you were on the holy mountain of God; you walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. ‘By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you.’”
Unfortunately, such a haughty attitude will be (is) quite prevalent in these last days, just as prophesied in II Timothy 3:1-5. Men have replaced God with themselves, and do everything they can to honor and please themselves, with countless missed opportunities to attribute glory and honor to the One Who is truly worthy of it. And in so doing, they have deceived themselves and live empty, superficial lives. Ironically, those who realize the error of their ways and humble themselves before God find themselves lifted up as His sons and daughters with all the benefits and authority that comes with it. And those who do not, unavoidably find themselves taken down to a miserable fate.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):