2019年11月13日
推羅王與他背後的撒但

粵語 國語

第13天


讀經:   

以西結書二十八章11至19節

11耶和華的話臨到我說:

12“人子啊,你為推羅王作起哀歌說:‘主耶和華如此說:你無所不備,智慧充足,全然美麗。

13你曾在伊甸神的園中,佩戴各樣寶石,就是紅寶石、紅璧璽、金鋼石、水蒼玉、紅瑪瑙、碧玉、藍寶石、綠寶石、紅玉和黃金,又有精美的鼓笛在你那裡,都是在你受造之日預備齊全的。

14你是那受膏遮掩約櫃的基路伯,我將你安置在神的聖山上,你在發光如火的寶石中間往來。

15你從受造之日所行的都完全,後來在你中間又察出不義。

16因你貿易很多,就被強暴的事充滿,以致犯罪,所以我因你褻瀆聖地,就從神的山驅逐你。遮掩約櫃的基路伯啊,我已將你從發光如火的寶石中除滅。

17你因美麗心中高傲,又因榮光敗壞智慧,我已將你摔倒在地,使你倒在君王面前,好叫他們目睹眼見。

18你因罪孽眾多,貿易不公,就褻瀆你那裡的聖所。故此,我使火從你中間發出燒滅你,使你在所有觀看的人眼前變為地上的爐灰。

19各國民中,凡認識你的都必為你驚奇。你令人驚恐,不再存留於世,直到永遠。’”

這是以西結書中一個最為人熟悉的部分,這段經文有眾多不同的解釋。當中許多經文當然直接指的是驕傲的推羅王;但同時也適用在他背後的撒但身上。以賽亞書十四章亦有類似的經文,那裡指出撒但是在巴比倫王的背後。我們透過這兩段經文,可以瞥見這些歷史劇幕背後的靈界勢力。

推羅王認為自己很了不起,所以心驕氣傲。他的城池日益強大,成為當時商務的領袖。它有最強大的船隊,可以遠航至其他國家不能到達的地方。然而,這種驕傲自大的罪,不論是出現在人或靈界的受造物身上,都是神所憎惡的。

至於撒但,也是因為驕傲而墮落。他本在天使中居首,他卻並不滿足,想升得更高。第13至14節勾劃了他顯赫優越的地位及特權,可惜在第15至17節卻指出他的墮落。

以賽亞書十四章13至14節將他的意念揭露出來:「我要高舉我的寶座在神眾星以上……我要與至上者同等。」以西結補充說「你心中高傲」(17節),於是神就回應:「我已將你摔倒在地。」基督也曾經說過:「我曾看見撒但從天上墜落,像閃電一樣。」(路十18)

驕傲帶來的結局,實在十分可悲;但卻是我們更大的功課。我們很容易看自己過於所當看的,我們會因為自己的恩賜、事奉或生活其他方面而變得驕傲。保羅怎樣教導我們呢?他說:「不要看自己過於所當看的……卻要看得合乎中道。」(羅十二3)我們豈不是經常犯了驕傲的罪嗎?神豈不是因此而不能使用我們嗎?如果是這樣,我們必須為此認罪,並且努力追求,作神在基督裡要我們去作的人。

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THE KING OF TYRE AND THE ONE BEHIND HIM
Day 13


Bible Reading:   

Ezekiel 28: 11-19

11 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

“ You were the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The sardius, topaz, and diamond,
Beryl, onyx, and jasper,
Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you on the day you were created.

14 “ You were the anointed cherub who covers;
I established you;
You were on the holy mountain of God;
You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones.

15 You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created,
Till iniquity was found in you.

16 “ By the abundance of your trading
You became filled with violence within,
And you sinned;
Therefore I cast you as a profane thing
Out of the mountain of God;
And I destroyed you, O covering cherub,
From the midst of the fiery stones.

17 “ Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty;
You corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor;
I cast you to the ground,
I laid you before kings,
That they might gaze at you.

18 “ You defiled your sanctuaries
By the multitude of your iniquities,
By the iniquity of your trading;
Therefore I brought fire from your midst;
It devoured you,
And I turned you to ashes upon the earth
In the sight of all who saw you.

19 All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you;
You have become a horror,
And shall be no more forever.”’”

This is one of the most well known sections of the book of Ezekiel. There are varied views regarding its interpretation. Undoubtedly many of the verses refer literally to the king of Tyre, Ithobal II, but equally as many statements can also refer to the one behind that proud king, Satan himself. A similar passage occurs in Isaiah 14. There Satan is seen as the one behind the king of Babylon. In both passages we are given a glimpse behind the scenes into the spiritual world.

The king of Tyre thought he had so much of which he could be proud. His city was powerful and was the leader of the commercial world of that day. Its fleet was the strongest and sailed further than any others. But the sin of pride is hated by God whether it is in man or angelic being.

In the case of Satan, it was pride which was his undoing. Not content with the wonderful position he had among the angels in heaven, he wanted more. In verses 13-14 there is a word picture of a remarkable being with tremendous privileges. Then come the sad words of verses 15-17 describes his fall.

In Isaiah 14 we are given his thoughts put into words. “I will raise my throne above the stars of God...I will make myself like the Most High...” Ezekiel adds (v.17), “Your heart became proud,” Then follows the reaction of God, “I threw you to the earth.” Christ said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.”(Luke 10:18)

It is tragic to think what pride could do. But it is a major lesson for us. We can easily think more of ourselves than we should. We can become proud of our gifts, of our service for Christ, or of other areas in our lives. What did Paul say? “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but think of yourself with sober judgment...” (Romans 12:3) Have we often been guilty of the sin of pride? Is that why God can’t use us as He wants to? If so let us confess our sin and seek to be more like what God wants us to be in Christ.