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Bible Study by Dena Stevens for July 25, 2013
SoVaNow.com / July 25, 2013Ezekiel Chapter 31
Chapter 28 introduced us to the King of Tyrus; in the Hebrew tongue it means ‘rock’, but it is not our “Rock”—Jesus. This ‘rock’ is the rock of the Kenites; he’s their father, Satan. He’s that same old cherubim, who was supposed to guard the Mercy Seat, but he wanted to sit on it as “Messiah”, and to be God. When God overthrew him, one third of God’s precious children chose to follow him, as we are told in Revelation 12. God could not bring Himself to destroy His children who He loves so dearly. Rather, He chose to bring that age to a close, and to begin another age—a second one—this one in which we live, and He made flesh bodies in which the souls of His children would live. This subject is quite an in-depth lesson on God’s love, so instead of going into the whole account here we will continue with the lessons of Ezekiel, the book we have been studying for some time.
So, after the events that God has planned for this age have transpired, He will bring in a third age; the Eternity. Our God is a God of love, and He wants us in turn to love Him. Sadly, many of His children don’t even know Him—let alone, love Him. Countless times in His Word, he would explain the reason for His actions toward His children saying through His prophets “…that they may know that I am God.” Sometimes I have difficulty understanding how He could love some of us (myself included), but although He doesn’t always like what we do, He surely does love us, and I’m sure happy that He does.
God has just pronounced His sentence upon Egypt in the prior chapter, and now, He will do the same unto her king. At this point in our study of this book, we have completed the prophecies concerning the land of Egypt, but the king of Egypt will be discussed in this 31st chapter.
Ezek. 31:1 “And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,” (2) “Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, and to his multitude; ‘Whom art thou like in thy greatness?” The nation of Israel had always leaned on the king of Egypt for help, rather than leaning on God, who could truly take care of them. What God is saying is this: ‘You really think you’re something, but who do you think you are?’ Do you think you’re as powerful as Satan? He tried to overpower me at his revolt and it didn’t work. We know He’s referring to Satan, because Satan is going to be the subject God is speaking of in the rest of this chapter.
Ezek. 31:3 “Behold” (Look!) “the Assyrian” (this should read ‘t’ashur’, which means a common old box cedar) “was a cedar in Lebanon” (he claimed to be a cedar in Lebanon) “with fair branches” (they were very pretty) “and with a shadowing shroud,” (this is foliage; leaves) “and of an high stature;” (standing tall) “and his top was among the thick boughs.” Satan thinks he’s in an exalted position. ‘Thick boughs’ means those who God puts in charge. God is comparing Egypt’s proud exaltation of itself to Satan, that old box cedar, exalting himself into a stately cedar of Lebanon. Pride is Satan’s trademark.
Ezek. 31:4 “The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent out her little rivers unto all the tree of the field.” The ‘field’ is the world; the ‘waters’ and the ‘deep’ are the waterways and the Nile river, which made Egypt great.
Ezek. 31:5 “Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs” (arms) “were multitude of waters, when he shot forth.” (6) “All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs” (arms) “and under his branches did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.”
He always made room for corruption. His deception; his subtlety persuaded many. Do you remember Genesis 3:1, where we read: “Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the fields, which the Lord God had made.”? This, of course, is depicting Satan.
Ezek. 31:7 “Thus was he fair” (beautiful) “in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.”
Satan was very close to God, the Living Water, at one time. We have seen in the 28th chapter of this great book of Ezekiel that God lavished so many blessings on Satan, including entrusting him as guardian of the Mercy Seat. God said: “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.”
God made Satan the most beautiful of all the cherubim, and his beauty was second only to the beauty of Christ. Satan became prideful and it brought about his fall from grace; the ‘katabole’ in the Greek language.
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