Ezekiel 28, Psalm 83
The King of Tyre, like many ancient rulers, has been deified by himself and his people. That of course doesn’t mean he is actually a god, just that he claims divinity. This is the height of presumption, though we see many other nations do this sort of thing in history, like the ancient Egyptians and Romans. That leaves one to wonder how any nation’s propaganda machine could spin the defeat of a king’s armies in battle, or worse, a King’s humiliating death. This is the problem God promises to inflict on Tyre’s king and people in Ezekiel 28. This king has elevated himself, and God will humble him in the sight of his people. God even mocks this king a bit when he asks this rhetorical question, “Will you then say, “I am a god,” in the presence of those who kill you?” (Ezekiel 28:9) On top of affronting the God of the universe, this king deludes himself and the people of Tyre. Such pride destroys people, for when any leader pretends to be more than human, eventually people will see through the facade. This leads to disillusionment and distrust, whether such pride comes from government officials that over promise and under deliver, or pastors that pretend like they are holier than they are. In response to all of this, let’s affirm in our hearts the Biblical refrain that God shows mercy to the humble, but opposes the proud.