Today we lament the King of Tyre. Today’s reading is from Ezekiel 28:11-19
First we are told who the King is, who the king was MEANT to be. The king was meant to be:
- the signet of perfection
- full of wisdom
- perfect in beauty
- covered with a variety of precious jewels
- an anointed guardian cherub
- blameless in his ways.
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
every precious stone was your covering,
sardius, topaz, and diamond,
beryl, onyx, and jasper,
sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle;
and crafted in gold were your settings
and your engravings.
On the day that you were created
they were prepared.
14 You were an anointed guardian cherub.
I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God;
in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created,
BUT THEN …unrighteousness was found in him.
So much trade, the abundance of it changed him (or at least that’s what I am implying from text).
Violence was part of that trade. So violence became a part of the King of Tyre.
The King sinned.
So God took action:
- casting him down from his holy mountain
- destroying the guardian cherub
The king has corrupted his wisdom for the sake of spendor. His beauty and riches were too important to him..
So the Lord continued to take action, casting the King down, exposing him before other kings.
This king who had everything and was meant to be so much more than what he was, has now had fire brought into his midst. A fire that consumed him, so that all who caught a glimpse were dismayed, appalled actually. The King of Tyre is God and that’s the end of him forever.
you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God,
and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub,
from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty;
you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor.
I cast you to the ground;
I exposed you before kings,
to feast their eyes on you.
18 By the multitude of your iniquities,
in the unrighteousness of your trade
you profaned your sanctuaries;
so I brought fire out from your midst;
it consumed you,
and I turned you to ashes on the earth
in the sight of all who saw you.
19 All who know you among the peoples
are appalled at you;
you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”