Ezekiel 28, A Funeral Song For Pride
1. Pride Is Born In The Midst Of God’s Blessings (v11-15)
2. Pride Develops Abundance Into Violence (v16)
3. Pride Grows Up To Full Corruption (v17)
4. Many Sins Bring Pride To A Terrible End (v18-19)
Ezekiel 28, A Funeral Song For Pride
Ezekiel 28, A Funeral Song For Pride
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As we consider Ezekiel Chapter 28 this morning, we're looking at God's message to the nation of tire. Ezekiel has kind of concluded his primary message to the immediate people of Israel that are around him there in Babylon, in captivity with him and. Starting in Chapter 25, he began to focus on other nations around Israel and the things that God had to say for them. Kind of grouping together different prophecies throughout his whole life that. As equal brought forth and and bringing them together all at once, and so Chapter 2627 and 28 all deal with the nation of Tyre which was a nation just a little bit north of Israel on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It was a very wealthy city, a very wealthy nation, and. We talked a little bit about on Wednesday as well in Ezekiel Chapter 29 because it was. A 13 year process for Babylon to conquer the city of Tyre. But even then they didn't conquer it completely because the city of Tyre escaped and moved all of their valuables off of the shore where their city was located onto an island about 1/2 mile into the Mediterranean Sea. And so we talked about that and how God? Because God had called Babylon to destroy Tyre. But they didn't. Get really any reward for it because they moved out into the sea. How God gave Egypt to Babylon. To provide the reward for the payment for the work that they did in defeating tyrants. So God is involved in all of this. All of these things are intertwined in this time. As God is declared Babylon to be his instrument to deal with the various issues that are happening in all of these nations in Judah and all around Judah. As well, including tire and Egypt and so on and so forth. Now the root issue here is we look at the Kingdom of Tyre. The root issue that God identifies is pride, and so I've titled the message this morning. A funeral song. For pride, a funeral song for Pride, a lamentation verse 12, says son of man God telling Ezekiel seeing this funeral song. There is a funeral song to be sung because of this issue of pride in the nation of tired Now there's also. A little bit of an interesting parallel that's happening here is God is addressing the nation of tyre and specifically the King of Tyre. Here in Chapter 28 there is a parallel that you can see as you work through the verses. It fits very well with not just talking about the king at that time that Ezekiel was addressing, or that the Lord was addressing through Ezekiel, but that also here referenced is Satan himself, and the things that God has to say parallel because the root issue for Satan. That his fall was the same root issue that the King of Tyre faced and that is pride. And So what we're seeing here is the fulfillment of that verse that we are all familiar with. Proverbs 1618 Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall. What God is describing here is the destruction that comes to tyre. This destruction that comes to Satan as the result of pride, and it's important for us to consider as well, because pride is a danger to us and we are vulnerable to pride as well. And so as we look at these things, we're not just looking at, you, know judgment. For a different time for a different place that has nothing to do with us but but we are looking at this to understand and to learn the lessons to watch out for pride in our own lives. Now, as we think about pride and start to talk about that this morning, of course it's appropriate to consider what is. Is pride in order for us to watch out for it in order for us to really understand what's happening in the passage? What is pride, and I think it's important to reset our understanding of these things from time to time. You know, we kind of build in our minds shortcuts and so we. Summarize pride in our minds under these kind of characterizations that we might have and and and they're helpful. They're useful to a degree, but they also can limit. Us in our. Understanding, for example, you might equate pride with arrogance. And in your mind it's just pride and arrogance. Arrogance is pride, pride is arrogance. And then that's all there is to it. And you might not consider the other aspects of pride. You might look in the mirror and think, wow, I really love what I see in the mirror and recognize. That as pride. But you don't have to love what you see. In the mirror, to have an issue with pride. We can think about pride and humility and we kind of visualize them as like thinking high or thinking low. Being proud of yourself or someone or being ashamed that that there's this kind of contrast that we might have and and and all of these things have elements of truth. But I think we need to grasp hold of these things. In a little bit clearer way, and so I'm going to give you a couple of definitions here. Humility I like to define it this way. An accurate view of yourself. Humility is not. You know, just like seeing slanderous things about yourself, or like saying how terrible you are, or not having a good attitude or opinion of yourself. Humility is having an accurate view of yourself and that presents a challenge of course because, well, when it comes to ourselves, we're all pretty much. Emotional about it, right? There's a little bit of bias in us. There's a little bit of emotion side to it, and to have an accurate view of ourself. It can't be just based on what we think. Think and it can't just be based on what we feel it has to come from somewhere outside of us. There has to be some objectivity added to us in order to be able to have an accurate view of ourselves. That only comes from the Lord. He is the only one who has the real accurate view of us. And so we have. Humility when we accept God's view of us when we accept what God says about us and God's perspective on our lives and on our hearts, that is humility. It's an accurate view of yourself. So pride then it follows is an inaccurate view of yourself, and so we need to have humility. That is, we need to come to. God with an. An acceptance for what he has to say and any time we ignore what God has. To say about us. We are delving into issues of pride now. These are my own definitions. As you can see there Jerry's own questionable English Dictionary is the source, and the initials are pronounced joked just to keep a little dose of humility in my life and not make too much of this definition so. So this is my way to think. Through these things, and you know to to help us kind of break some of the traditions that we have in our minds to to help us understand that that what I need to have is an accurate view of myself and and when I am inaccurate in my understanding of myself. Love, I am proud. And and all of these warnings and this funeral song about pride begins to apply to me very quickly. If I think of myself as invulnerable to pride. Guess what that is pride. That's not an accurate view. To think of myself as invulnerable to pride. When I allow my feelings too. Be the final say and the final authority. On who I am on what I should be doing on where I should be going? That is pride. It is me rejecting what God has to say and overriding his opinion with what I feel. What my emotions are saying or what I think. When I know what God says. And do something different. That's pride. That's rejecting God. Will God instruction and God plan for my own plan, inserting my own plan and saying my plan is better than God plan. I know what he says but I like mine better and so. I have a better view of this. It's pride when I do not ask God for counsel or direction. That's pride. It's not just the overt, I know what God says and I'm not going to do it. But when I don't even have the thought in my mind, you know I should ask God what he thinks about this decision before I make the decision. That's pride. To not think much of God to not consider much. To not think that I need the insight, the counsel, the direction and leading of God. It's pride and so in understanding these things we find ourselves actually dealing with pride a whole lot in our lives. And that's why we need to kind of reevaluate these things from time to time, because perhaps as you headed into church this morning, pride wasn't on your radar at all. But it needs to be. Because there's going to be a funeral song that is sung for pride and for those who allow pride to dominate their lives. In first Samuel Chapter 10, we see the coronation ceremony of King Saul. And we can look at that situation and think of it as humility as Saul. When it comes time to anoint him as King is hiding amongst the stuff. And it's often been said, and I'm sure I've said it myself. Like wow, we see Saul start out great in humility, but As I. Consider that further I begin to understand that's actually not humility. That's not an accurate view of himself for King Saul, because the Lord had told King Saul repeatedly over and over and over again. He was to be king. He called him to be king. He gave him the instructions for how to be king, and then when it came time for him to be king, instead of following what God had instructed him in, he was hiding amongst the equipment. That's pride. It's not humility. Again, it's not always obvious. It's not always what we might automatically conclude. It would be easy for us to question when Moses, with his own pen, wrote down for us that he was the most humble person on the planet. Picture that for a moment. Just take out your pen and write. I am the most humble person on the planet and anybody looking next to you writing, you know, watching you write that in your notes would say that person is really prideful. You know, declaring how dare they declare themselves to be the most humble but. But if that was an accurate view, if God told him Moses you are the most humble, you are the one who has the most accurate view of yourself and your reliance upon me and allowance to have me dictate and dominate and direct your life. And now Moses write that down. Then Moses can write that down and have it be exactly true, 100% without question, and valid as the word of God, because it's not about. The perception of others. It's about the perception of God. Is it accurate? To what God has said. And we look at this in the scripture number numbers chapter 12, verse three. You can look it up. Moses was very humble, more humble than any other person on Earth. It's the word of God. And he was humble. He had that kind of accurate view of himself. And so the kind of stereotypes that we build up in our mind may not always fit, and we need to come back to the reality and. And here's the antidote, antidote to pride. Submission to God. This is as we talked through these things this morning. This is the antidote to pride. This is the way for us to defeat pride in our lives. To submit to God and his view his word, what he has to say, his instruction. So that we do not participate in this. Funeral for pride having. Been partaking of the destruction that comes from pride in our own lives. Instead we should sing the funeral song for pride in our lives right now, like seeing the funeral song. Help us to lay pride to rest in our hearts. So that we can experience. The blessings and the goodness of God that he has for us, and so a funeral song for pride. 4 stanzas, 4 choruses, 4 verses. However, you want to refer to it this morning to help us lay pride to rest point number one as we get into versus 1. I'm sorry 11 through 15 point #1 is that pride is born in the midst. Of God's blessings. Pride is born. Right in the midst of God's blessings. Verse 11 and 12 says then this further message came to me from the Lord son of Man sing this funeral song for the King of Tyre. Give him this message from the sovereign Lord. You were the model of perfection. Full of wisdom and exquisite. In beauty. Here, as God is instructing Ezekiel, referring to him as the son of man, he says, sing this song, Ezekiel sing this song for the King of Tyre. It's a funeral song, a lamentation, a song that is intended to be sung at a funeral service, and so the the idea here the picture. That God his painting is the King of Tyre, has died as a result of this issue of pride, and so sing this song at his funeral. That came about because of pride. And he describes him as being the model of perfection. Now again, here's where we get this parallel. As he's addressing the king of Tyre, he is addressing the king of Tyre. Here in Ezekiel chapter 20. 8 and it fits. For that king at that time it was a message for him, but. Many times God does this. We have other passages that we refer to as messianic passages, right? And we were reading through accounts of David. We go, Oh yeah, that's a messianic passage. It's talking about David, but at the same time it's forecasting and talking about the Messiah that would come, Jesus Christ. In Psalm Chapter 2A Psalm of David when he sings this song and pens it, why are the nations so angry? Why did they waste their time with futile plans for the Lord? Declares, I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem. On my holy mountain we we can look at that and understand. David was pleased. As king on the throne in Jerusalem, but also that Psalm refers to an even bigger picture, the King Jesus being placed on the throne in Jerusalem on God. 's holy mountain. Well, in a similar way as the Lord addresses the King of Tyre here where we're looking at the King of Tyre, it applies to him, but but even beyond that. There is this picture here of Satan himself. That God is addressing for the issue of pride, and so tire being the model of perfection in that there was great and glorious things happening for the Kingdom of Tyre that this major commercial city that was there and and there was a lot of good things. Happening there and so in a sense they were a model of perfection. They were full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty, but at the same time we have Satan who was created. By God and angelic being. As a model of perfection, full of wisdom and exquisite in beauty, we can see that further in verse 13, he says you were in Eden, the Garden of God. Your clothing was adorned with every precious stone. They were given to you on the day that you were created. You were in Eden now Tyre and the King of Tyre literally was not in the Garden of Eden. This is several thousand years after the Garden of Eden, but but Picture Lee. There was a season where the King of Tyre lived in. Kind of this glorious state of. And so it was like living in the Garden of Eden. In that sense, it's. A kind of a picture. A metaphorical way talking about the king of Tyre, but it more literally applies to Satan because Satan actually was in Eden in the Garden of God, and so there is this parallel. And he's dealing with both. But again, the reason why these work so well together, because the root issue is the same. And it's pride. It is pride in the heart of Satan. And that becomes the issue for him. It's pride in the heart of tyre that takes him out of that place that could be described as the Garden of God to a place of complete destruction when the city is conquered by Babylon. Verse 14 I ordained and anointed you as the mighty angelic guardian. You had access to the holy Mountain of God and walked among the stones of fire. Again applies to the King of Tyre. Metaphorically picturing some of the access that he had, the opportunities that he had, the proximity to the land of Israel to the temple and and pictures a little bit of the the glory that this Kingdom had achieved. But dealing directly with Satan, he was ordained and anointed as the mighty angelic guardian. Again, Satan is. Not gods opposite, not gods equal, but Satan is a created being. Originally a mighty angelic guardian who had access to the mountain of God. And who walked among the stones of fire? The stones of fire? There's a lot of discussion about all of the details in this passage, so I'm not getting too in depth into the individual wording and phrasing here, because there is a lot to kind of work through as you dig into that, and so you're welcome to do that, and I would encourage you to. There's a lot there that can be. Revealed, but the stones of fire seemed to reveal to that very presence of God. And remember as. Zechiel had the Cole touch his lips. Or was it Isaiah? I'm confusing myself in my head now, but the cola fire picturing the the fire of the presence of God, the altar of God, and the worship of God there in the very presence of God and and so this is the idea here, that that Satan had access to God. In that kind of inner circle, he was there in the very presence of God, and verse 15 he says you were blameless and all you did from the day you were created until the day evil was found in you. And so there was this blamelessness that was at the beginning. When Satan was created, he. Was not created as you know, this opponent of God from the beginning. He was created in perfection like the rest of the Angels. The day that evil was found. To him. How could that happen? How could that be? Pastor Tony Evans walks through this idea. He says, how could wickedness be found in this exalted Angel? Because God gave this perfect being the right of choice that is to serve him by choice, not simply by mandate. God was not going to force Lucifer to worship him, because God wants willing worship. Lucifer exercised his choice to rebel against God and tried to usurp his rule. In the beginning, Satan started out. He began as a created being in Blamelessness. But then. He made a choice. A decision was made. And he began to adopt an inaccurate. View of himself. The interesting thing to reflect on that to consider in that is it's it's in the context of all of this amazing beauty and glory that God is describing here. It's not that he was outcast from the beginning, and you know, kind of like sometimes you know you're perhaps watching a movie or reading a book and. You're given the perspective of the villain, and in a way that helps you to relate to and understand. Oh, that's why they became a villain, because look how badly they were treated. Look how terrible they had it look how awful things were and so, oh it's no surprise. Then when they become the bad guy in a story, right? But when it comes to Satan, that's not the story. The story is glory and goodness and beauty. And in that context. He made the choice. To turn against God. Tried to obtain more than was apportioned for him. He began to think and consider himself as deserving more than what God had. Given to him. It was a choice that he made it because God gives his. Creation choice. And this again comes back to this issue of humility and pride. It's it's a choice we have to make a choice to adopt God view and God perspective in God's word over our own. And when we adopt our own view and we choose to hold onto what we think or what we want or what we feel. We immediately begin to have an inaccurate view of ourselves and we walk down the path of pride. We have the same choice. That Satan has, and it comes even in the midst of glorious things. Now we live in a fallen world. We live in a different context than what Satan experienced at the beginning, but at the same time we also get to experience so much goodness and blessing from God, and we need to understand that even from there, even from that place. It's one of the reasons why any Minister of God. Can fall into the trap of pride because even in the most glorious places, even in you know the most holy places. The Servants of God has a choice. To adopt the mind of God, or to reject the mind of God. Every one of us we have that choice and it's a choice that we are given continually and perpetually. So that even in the midst of God's blessings, we need to understand not that we need to be always, you know, freaked out and paranoid, and not able to enjoy things. But we also need to be aware and alert that even when I'm experiencing so much good and and beauty and glory in my life. Not in that context. I can make the choice. To follow the path of pride. James tells us in James chapter one. Remember when you are being tempted, do not say God is tempting me. God is never tempted to do wrong and he never tempts anyone else. Temptation comes from from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. These desires give birth to sinful actions and when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. This is what happened. To Satan, this is what happened to the King of Tyre. There was a season of goodness for the Kingdom. There was a season of abundance and the commerce was just exploding and things were going great. And in the midst of. That the pursuit. Of sin. Increase more and more to the point that now God is announcing this judgment on tyre. For Satan In the midst of glory, in the midst of eternity. He made the choice. To pursue after his own desires, his own thoughts, his own wants. And sin grew. Brought forth. And so the funeral song is sung. For you and I. May we be reminded this morning Pride is born in the midst of God's blessings. We need to check our hearts even in the good times. Even in the times where we're diligent in our devotional life and even in the times where we're attending service, and even in the times where good things are happening and we can see God blessings being poured. Out upon us. Pride is born in the midst of God's blessings many times. And so we need to sing a funeral song for pride and put an end to it. To put an end to that inaccurate view of ourselves, the antidote to pride. Is submission to God. As I was thinking about that submission to God and I was thinking, Lord. With pride being the issue that it is. I have to think you've given us some tools to help us address pride, catch pride, head off this issue before we go too far down that path and experience the destruction that pride brings in. So I was I was just seeking to learn. About that this week. Like word. What is it? How are you? Enabling us, what tools have you given to us to be able to identify this issue of pride and? There's many things that we could talk about in that end, but the the one that continued to come back up, and so I'll highlight it with you this morning is the prayer that the Lord taught us to pray in Matthew Chapter 6. I think in this prayer you can see the Lord directing us away. From pride away from an inaccurate view of ourselves, to adopt an accurate view that God has provided for us in Matthew Chapter 6, the Lord says, pray like this. Our father in heaven. May your name be kept holy, may your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need. And forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don't let us yield to temptation. But rescue us from. The Evil 1. Here in this prayer I would suggest the wood is teaching us. To pray in a way that helps us hold onto humility. To pray in a way that helps us to adopt God view of us and for us to be able to receive his perspective on our lives, that we would have an accurate view of ourselves, to protect us from pride. One good example here in verse nine is may your name be kept holy. In order for. Satan to pursue his desire. There had to be a reduction in the holiness of God in his eyes. The Lord was not high and lifted up any longer, but now Feiten was rising himself up and competing with God in that way and desiring to be equal to God and worshipped like God. And so the Lord taught us to pray. That our hearts would be continually reminded that it's his name that needs to be kept holy. It's his name that needs to be kept lifted up and high in our lives and not our name, not us but him. Our father in heaven. May your name be kept holy. While moving along here in Ezekiel Chapter 28, we'll come back to Matthew Chapter 6 a couple times as we continue. But here's point, #2 looking at verse 16 pride develops abundance into violence. Pride develops abundance into violence. Verse 16 says you're rich commerce LED you to violence and you sinned. So I banished you in disgrace from the mountains of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. Hear the Lord says in this funeral song through Ezekiel. Your rich commerce lead you to violence. The city of Tyre, the nation of tire was not a strong nation militarily. That wasn't what brought them prominent. It wasn't what made them noteworthy. They had very little army to speak of. What made tire noteworthy in the world of that day was their rich commerce being located right there on the Mediterranean Sea? They were. Here the major ports of the area and so all commerce going over to Tarshish going over to the other parts of the Mediterranean. All commerce came in tyre. Had the ports for the the ships as they would come in and so all of these transactions were happening. The King of Tyre, according to some of the other things. You know, written about him here in this chapter seemed. Would be really intelligent when it came when it came to trading when it came to business and commerce and so deals were being made that were just really benefiting the city and trade was coming in there was this abundance that was overflowing the city of Tyre, the nation of Tyre as they were rich. In commerce. But it led them to violence. Again, it's a different story than what we might sometimes think that it's the poverty that lead someone to violence. And there are those stories to be told. Of course as well, but. But abundance. Perhaps the greed of the King of Tyre? The people of Tyre. And it stirred. Up this violence within them, and so they. Sinned against God, they threw off God more and more and they treated people terribly in the pursuit of the abundance that had been provided to them. Considering this, in light of Satan. We have some questions what what rich commerce could be referred to here? There's lots of speculation I'm not going to get into all of that, but I'd like to take a moment and quote from Jesus here in John Chapter 8. When he is talking to people who are ignoring him basically and rejecting his words, he says you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his. Character, for he is a liar and the. Father of lies. So when I tell you the truth, you just naturally don't believe me. Jesus was addressing a group of people who were proud who rejected God's view and what God had to say and replaced that with their own thoughts and their own preferences and their own religion. And Jesus says that's because you are. Children of your father the devil, and notice that Jesus says from the very beginning he was a murderer. And you could think of that in the context of the Garden of Eden. And to some degree you could say that Satan murdered. Adam and Eve. In the deception that he brought in the tricking Adam and Eve to partake of the forbidden fruits, there was murder in his heart. But we also know from Revelation Chapter 12 that Satan, when he turned from the Lord, that he. I'm trying to think of the right word. He drafted some of the other angels, and as you look at that passage, it seems that a third of the Angels followed Satan in his rebellion against God. Now it wasn't that Satan mounted an army like the city of Tyre. He he didn't have a strong army. He didn't try to fight God militarily. Perhaps this rich commerce? Has to do with the negotiations and discussions and interactions that he was having in eternity. That brought about. This fall and this failure, and it caused murder. From the beginning. I don't know this. Is a little bit of a stretch a little bit? Of a reach but. Could you call it murder in regard to the other angels that Seton convinced to follow him in their fall and their eternal damnation? Apart from God? It is a serious crime that has been committed this word violence. It means. Not just physical violence, but cruelty. And injustice as well. It's that physical violence that physical damage as well as cruelty and injustice and and that is definitely a hallmark of. The work of Satan, cruelty, damage, and injustice, and so pride develops. Abundance again, we talked about the context of of overflowing and goodness and God's blessings, and now that's been turned into. Cruelty and damage and injustice. And so God says in verse 16 I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. Because pride goes before destruction that is. The law, the Law of God. You reap what you sew and when you sew pride you reap destruction. Pride develops abundance and turns it into violence, cruelty, damage, and injustice. And as we consider these things again, it's not just a history lesson for what happened to those guys a long time ago, but it is a history lesson for us to learn. To check our hearts. And you may not be in a season of abundance. And so you might be like. I can skip over this one. Yeah, abundance. I'm not familiar with that, so don't need to worry about that. But I I would suggest if we. Do not consider ourselves in a season of abundance. We already are involved in pride. We have an inaccurate view of ourselves. We have so much from God. So much opportunity, so much goodness, so much grace. The religious leaders of Jesus Day. They had abundance financially. They had abundance in political power but they had abundance as well in the scriptures and in the opportunities that got, uh given to them. And they turned that abundance into violence. So the the point is, none of us are invulnerable to this. And so we need to sing a funeral song for pride to put an end to it in our lives. To reject this inaccurate view of ourselves and the antidote to pride is submission to God. Submission to God, Jesus taught us to pray. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Listen if we will learn to pray this prayer. To have this heart with the Lord. Then we don't have to be worried about our rich commerce leading us to violence when we want God's will. When we want God's plan that that the blessings of God would not then be twisted by us into opportunities and occasion for cruelty and injustice that we would not take advantage of those things. In order to head down a path of sin. But when our heart is for the Kingdom of God. When our desire is for his will to be accomplished, then we use that rich. Commerce that rich abundance. All that God provides. To further his plans and his purposes. Also, Jesus taught us pray give us today the food that we need and and not taking any of the provisions of God for granted but. But requesting and having ourselves before the Lord on a daily basis. Give us today the food that we need that that there is this continual ongoing need and reliance upon God, and the problem with rich commerce and abundance in our lives is that it often leads to an inaccurate view of ourselves where we are resting in our provisions and what we have. And not looking to God for provision. We're not looking for God to God for direction. We're not looking to God for help because we feel like we have everything taken care of and everything that we need. And it fosters this. Inaccurate view of ourselves. And so we need to come back to this prayer that the Lord taught. Us to pray. And keep ourselves in that pursuit of his will. And to keep ourselves in that position of dependence upon him while moving on to verse 17 for #3, pride grows up to full corruption. Pride grows up to full corruption. Verse 17 says your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor, so I threw you to the ground and exposed you. To the curious gaze of kings. Your heart was filled with pride, the Lord says. Just a few verses earlier, he said. He started out blameless. But now. This sin has progressed. And so the heart is filled with pride. Whole being is corrupted. As a result of this course of pride, true of the King of Tyre, true of. Again, taking the blessings of God, he says your wisdom that was given to him by God originally. Your wisdom, your intelligence for the King of Tyre, your ability to trade and do commerce and make these deals. That was a God-given gift and talents. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor was corrupted by your pursuit of these things for Satan. He was given that position of prominence and that wisdom from God. It was corrupted by his love of splendor. That word corrupted. Means to spoil. To ruin to pervert. To wipe out. It's taking that that good thing that God has given and perverting it, twisting it, that that good fruit. Will spoil if it's left to itself. Those good things that God gives. Will spoil if we do not keep ourselves plugged into and submitted to the Lord. And so we can have incredible talents and gifts and abilities from the Lord. But but out of submission to God, those things all go bad. And that charisma? That intelligence that brilliance that musical talents that whatever it might be that we could think of. Whatever you know, good thing that we have or have experienced it goes about it spoils. And it grows up to become full corruption. It's not just like a little, you know. Fly in the ointment, it's the whole ointment is bad the whole the whole bottle goes bad it's all corrupted. And spoiled as a result, and so God says in verse 17 so I threw you to the ground and exposed you to the curious gaze of kings. Because pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall. The pride must be dealt with what you reap. You will so and so King of Tyre. Satan doesn't matter who you are. You pursue a course of pride and you will experience the destruction from God. The Prophet Isaiah gives us a similar passage where he is talking about the King of Babylon, but also. Foreshadowing or kind of talking about not foreshadowing really, but past shadowing the the fall of Satan in Isaiah Chapter 14 verse. It says how you are fallen from heaven. Oh, shining star or oh Lucifer son of the morning. You have been thrown down to the earth. You who destroyed the nations of the world for you said of to yourself, I will ascend to heaven and set my throne above God. Stars I will preside on the mountain of the gods, far away in the north. I will climb. To the highest heavens and be like the most high. Instead, you would be brought down to the place of the dead, down to its lowest depths. There it records for us the desires that I will the I will the I will that Satan proclaimed in his inaccurate view of himself. He sought for this position that was against God and contrary to God, and not accurate. And so the end result is instead of enjoying the glory that God had given to him, he has cast down to destruction. Pride grows up to full corruption. It develops like this in our lives as well. And so we need to look at these things. And invite the Lord. To reveal issues of pride. Because as we allow it to progress, it goes on. It grows up as we looked at James earlier. Sin starts out with just a temptation a. Thought in the mind. But as we allow it to continue as we progress down that course, then it brings about full corruption and from head to toe. Every part of our lives is corrupted. And destroyed every part of our minds of our hearts of our body is corrupted and destroyed. As we allow pride to dominate in our lives. The antidote to pride. Is submission to God. And so Jesus taught us to pray. Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don't let us yield to temptation. But rescue us from the Evil 1. Again, he is teaching us here. Number one about our issues. And our need for forgiveness. Our need to request forgiveness from God. As we also interact with others who sin against us and we need to forgive them, but he goes on to say help us to not yield to temptation that all of us have this temptation set before us. And we need to be rescued from the evil and we need to be rescued from ourselves. Because left to ourselves. With this inaccurate view of ourselves. We will become fully corrupted while finally finishing up with point #4. Many sins bring pride. To a terrible end. Verse 18 and 19, you defiled your sanctuaries with your mini sins, and you're dishonest trade. So I brought fire from within you and it consumed you. I reduced you to ashes on the ground, and the sight of all who are watching all who knew you are appalled at your feet. You have come to a terrible end and you will exist no more. The city of Tyre would be destroyed. The King of Tyre would be completely wiped out, Satan. Has yet to see this ultimately fulfilled, but it is his funeral song. He will be wiped out, completely destroyed in the leak of fire. After Jesus rules and reigns on the earth for 1000 years. In the future prophetic scene that he has painted for us. But here again he. Pride goes before destruction. And the sin of pride developed and corrupt. Did to the point that the King of Tyre and Satan defiled the sanctuary with many sins and dishonest trade, an abundance of sin. They had an abundance of riches and blessings previously, but now the the idea here is that there is this abundance of send all kinds of sin routed out of this. Issue of pride and came from this pride that had been allowed to exist in their hearts. And it results in their complete and utter destruction. In Isaiah Chapter 2, the Prophet Isaiah speaks a lot about pride. And and makes it clear every high thing everything that lifts itself up against God. Every inaccurate view that we have of ourselves and any path that we pursue that is contrary to God, it will be brought down. Every high mountain will be leveled, he says Illustratively. In Isaiah Chapter 2, verse 17, he says human pride will be humbled and human arrogance will be brought down. Only the Lord will be exalted. On that day of judgment. Only the Lord will be exalted in the end. This is why it's so important to get this right. To have humility and not pride. To have an accurate view of ourselves. Which we can't get from ourselves. We can't get from our own thinking we can't get from our own assessment and evaluation and how we feel about things. We can only. Get the accurate view of ourselves from God. And so we need to hear from him. We need to ask him what he thinks what he says we need to put his word above our own. So that we can sing the funeral song for pride. And we can say no more. I'm not going to accept. I'm not going to adopt. I'm not going to pursue a path. That is contrary to the Lord that is inaccurate according to what God says, and we live in a society in a world where. There is this huge. Fight against God. It comes down to this issue of pride. We in our society want to say how we feel. That's what matters the most. And I am this way because that's how I feel. That's what I think this is the you know, technology. We have the calculations I've made. This is the advancement we've made socially, and so this is the truth. And it can be perhaps very persuasive, and it could be mass adopted. But it's inaccurate when it's contrary to what God has said in his word. And so we need to reject. All thoughts and feelings and emotions and ideas and philosophies that are contrary to what God has said and when we adopt any of those things. We head down the path of pride. Viewing ourselves, viewing our position, our path. Our ideas inaccurately. We're not walking. In humility. We've been distorted. Our mind has been perverted, and all the blessings that God has given to us will be corrupted. If we continue down that path. No, we need to sing a funeral song for pride and leave that to rest. And say, Lord, I will not. Hold onto my view over your view. I will let your word prevail in my heart and in my mind. It's not a one time thing. It's going to be an ongoing battle and the enemy wants to like you did with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, trick us into adopting an inaccurate view of ourselves. An inaccurate view of what God has said. And so it's why we are steadfast. In our relationship with the Lord in the. Word of God. And in our prayer. Our father in heaven. May your name be kept holy. May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us today the food we need and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. And don't let us yield to temptation. But rescue us from the evil one load. We pray that you would help us to identify the issues of pride that we have developed in our own hearts. Lord, where we've regarded our own thoughts and ideas and word above yours. But as we see those as they become clear to us. Help us Lord. To reject them. And to believe you. Above ourselves to believe you above what society says to believe you above what we've been taught to believe you above all else. To hold your word and your perspective, your view high in our hearts and minds. And Lord, by Faith we will trust you and believe you at your word and walk according. To what you say. And so Lord help us to. Humble ourselves before you. To lay down. All of our thoughts and will and plans and purposes and desires. And replace them. With your will with your plans with your desires and with what you have to say, I pray this in Jesus name.