King of Pride!
Scripture reading for August 23rd: Ezekiel 24-28
Satan inhabited the body of a serpent in the Garden of Eden and enticed Eve to eat the forbidden fruit in rebellion to God’s command. God told the serpent that the Seed of woman would crush his head and he would bruise the Seed’s heel. (Genesis 3:1-6, 14-15) Job underwent a difficult trial as a result of Satan’s accusations of him before God. Satan was given permission to test Job by first taking his possessions and children and then taking Job’s health. In 1st Chronicles 21:1, Satan stood up against Israel and enticed King David to number the people and take pride in how many fighting men he had. In Zechariah 3:1-2, Satan stood before the Lord and accused Joshua, the high priest. The only other direct reference to Satan in the Old Testament is found in Psalm 109:6 where the KJV has “Satan” as the accuser.
There are two other passages that commentators think refer to Satan. One is found in Isaiah 14 and the other is in Ezekiel 28:11-19. Ezekiel wrote concerning the king of Tyre. This lament describes this ‘king’ as being the model of perfection and full of wisdom and beauty. He was in Eden, the Garden of God and covered with many precious stones. This king was anointed by God to be a guardian cherub on the holy mountain of God. There he walked among the fiery stones and was blameless from the day he was created. Then wickedness was found in him and he was filled with violence and sinned. God cast him out of heaven and down to earth.
This description seems to fit Satan and not just a man or earthly king. If it is Satan, we learn that he was created by God and was beautiful and wise. His beauty caused a selfish pride that got him evicted from Heaven and thrown down to earth. You might say Satan is the king of Pride and of all the proud of the earth. All mankind has fallen under his spell through Adam and Eve’s temptation and disobedience in the Garden of Eden. But God has provided one who has crushed his head, Jesus Christ. The end of time will see Satan cast into the Lake of Fire to endure fiery torment that lasts forever! (Revelation 20:10) Check your own heart for pride today and look to the humble Savior for grace!