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Lesson 21

There is another passage of scripture that is normally attributed to describing Satan’s fall from grace, becoming the enemy of God. This passage begins by describing a human king. It is then believed to switch context, describing Satan’s personality and what Satan was like before and after he decided to reject God. Like the king of Tyre, Satan became boastful and proud. Full of arrogance, he was a liar, could not be trusted, and was full of vanity. The antithesis of God’s holy character, Satan chose to reject love and became the darkness against God’s light. What do you think of Satan? Does he have any positive qualities? What lessons can be learned from his mistakes? How might he be essential in God’s plan for humanity’s salvation? Could God test love, if only love existed? What is required for there to be a choice opposed to love?

Ezekiel 28:6-19 New Life Version
6 So the Lord God says, ‘Because you think you are as wise as God, 7 I will bring strangers against you, those who have the hardest hearts of all the nations. With their swords they will destroy the beauty of your wisdom and your greatness. 8 They will bring you down to the grave. You will die the death of those who are killed on the sea. 9 Will you still say, “I am a god,” in front of those who kill you? You will be only a man and not a god in the hands of those who kill you. 10 You will be killed by strangers, and will die the death of one who has not gone through the religious act of My people. For I have spoken,’ says the Lord God.” 11 The Word of the Lord came to me saying, 12 “Son of man, sing a song of sorrow for the king of Tyre, and tell him, ‘The Lord God says, “You were once the mark of what is perfect, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 You were in Eden, the garden of God. Every stone of great worth covered you: ruby, topaz, diamond, beryl, onyx, jasper, chrysolite, turquoise, and emerald. And you had beautiful objects of gold. They were made for you when you were made. 14 You were the cherub who kept watch, and I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God. You walked among the stones of fire. 15 You were without blame in your ways from the day you were made until sin was found in you. 16 Through all your trading you were filled with bad ways, and you sinned. So I have sent you away in shame from the mountain of God and I have destroyed you and driven you out from the stones of fire, O cherub who kept watch. 17 Your heart was proud because of your beauty. You made your wisdom sinful because of your beauty. So I threw you to the ground. I laid you in front of kings for them to see you. 18 By all your wrong-doing and sinful trading you made your holy places sinful. So I made a fire come out from you, and it has destroyed you. I have turned you to ashes on the earth in the eyes of all who see you. 19 All the nations who know you are filled with wonder and fear because of you. You have come to a bad end, and you will be no more forever.”

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