SUMMARY: Garden revisited
OVERVIEW: The King of Tyre’s pride was his downfall. He claimed to be a god, but God humbled him. In God’s rebuke, he compares the King to either Satan or Adam from the Garden of Eden.
BIG IDEA: There is only one God, and you are not the one.
KEY VERSE: Ezekiel 28:2 (God to Ezekiel)
Son of man, give the prince of Tyre this message from the Sovereign Lord: “In your great pride you claim, ‘I am a god! I sit on a divine throne in the heart of the sea.’ But you are only a man and not a god, though you boast that you are a god.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I made you and formed you, and I gave you gifts and abilities. I have forgiven your sin and adopted you as my child. I want you to feel good about your identity. Stand tall and walk with confidence, knowing I am with you and go before you. Yet, remember who you are. You do not spin the earth on its axis or provide water and warmth for the world. You do not monitor and maintain the heartbeats and blood pressure of all living creatures. You are my child, and I am the Lord.
Pride reared its ugly head in the garden through Adam and Eve, and it continues to manifest itself in obvious and creative ways. I have so much to offer, and I want to bless you. Receive my gifts and give me thanks, but don’t take credit or glory for my work. I do not want you to walk in shame, nor do I want you to walk in arrogance. Instead, walk humbly and worship me as you work, rest, and play.
Sing praise today and this week at church to God alone. Do not worry about how you sound. Sing from your heart with gratitude to God for who he is, what he has done, and what he is doing.