Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Ezekiel-King of Tyre, You Are a Man Not A god

By Mary Vee
Ezekiel 25-28



From Ezekiel's Journal


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My name is Ezekiel. I am a prophet, a messenger sent from God to give messages to the Israelite captives in Babylon.

The people of Israel have sinned and deserve the punishment God is giving them. But, we don't deserve the bullying and mocking from the countries around us. And in truth, God doesn't like it either.

God spoke to me. He gave me messages to send to Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Egypt, Tyre, and Sidon. Each of these countries have mocked the Israelites.

The one I want to share with you today is the message to the King of Tyre. God said, 

"In the pride of your heart you say, 'I am god. I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.' But you are a man and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.

"Are you wiser than Daniel?" 

Daniel is one of the Israelite captives now living in Babylon as a slave. Because he chose to follow and obey God, he has pleased God and has been honored by King Nebuchadnezzar.

"By your wisdom and understanding you, King of Tyre, have gained wealth for yourself and now have gold and silver in your treasuries. By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth. Because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.

"Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god, I am going to bring an enemy against you. The most ruthless of nations. They will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining riches. 

"They will bring you down to the pit and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas. Will you then say, 'I am a god,' in the hands of those who kill you?  You will be a man, not a god, in the hands of those who kill you. Your enemy will kill you.

"Your heart became proud on account of your beauty. You have ruined your wisdom because of your desire for spender.

"I made an example of you before kings. Your city will be turned into ashes in the sight of all who are watching. All the nations who knew you are ashamed at you. You have come to a horrible end and will be no more."

I gave the message to Tyre and to the other nations as God commanded. Each nation received its own message and punishment from God.

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1.  Where is Ezekiel?
2.  What countries have bullied the Israelites?
3.  What did the King of Tyre do wrong?
4.  What is his punishment?
5.  Did all the kings and their countries receive the same punishment?


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