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Here Ezekiel proclaims the doom of the prince of Tyre.  This lament must make sense in terms of the actual human ruler of Tyre.  Still some things don’t make sense.  Was the earthly ruler ever in Eden, bedecked with jewels as a covering cherub?  No indeed, but maybe in the worship of the Tyrean temple the earthly prince enacted such a role.  Was he ever on the mountain of God?  Not literally, but the pagans saw their sanctuaries as divine mountains.  Was the human prince of Tyre perfect on the day of his creation?  Surely not, but such may have been his claim and room must be allowed for Ezekiel to employ such statements of irony.

One things is for sure, the prince’s assumption of the role of a deity in the city cult would only make it all the more certain that this ruler represents far more than his simple self.  Here we see on a human scale something far more cosmic in scope.  We would not want to base our doctrine of fallen angels on this chapter alone, but seeing it elsewhere we find the teaching illuminated here.

The very essence of a fall into sin is the creature presuming the prerogatives of the Creator, whether that creature is angelic or human.  None of us quite escape that temptation, as ridiculous as the pretension is.  Yet the one who is God did not exalt Himself.  Instead He “made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil 2:7, 8).  He is our salvation and our model of being.

Ross Cole
Senior Lecturer
Avondale College, Australia