“Glory” is the follow up Bible Study to the “Game Changer” series. We’re now sifting through the book of Ezekiel to find what true glory looks like as seen through the scriptures.
Whose Ideas Is This?
What Are You Wrestling With Right Now?
Who is standing in your way? Who opposes you?
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers…
…but not people!
Too often we think we are struggling with a boss, a child, a spouse.
No, “we wrestle”. Right now, all of us, are in a battle in our hearts and minds against powers of wickedness, — against Satan.
Remember Matthew 16
Jesus tells his disciples about how He will offer His life on the cross and be resurrected three days later.
Peter tries to talk him out of it.
… No one will do that to you Lord.
… You deserve better than that. Get some glory, take it easy. Become king! Why would you chose a path so painful?
And Jesus says “Get behind Me Satan!
Satan wasn’t controlling Peter, just giving him ideas.
There was a battle raging between Jesus and spiritual forces.
The battlefield was Peter’s mind. And ideas were the weapons.
Today as we study Ezekiel 28, I want us to ask ourselves:
Whose Idea Is This Anyway?
Is it people or situations you’re struggling with today, or is it actually Satan moving, inspiring, initiating in the minds around you today?
Tyre was an ancient city-state made powerful by great harbors on the north and south. It became the center of all maritime trade in that part of the world. It was a great island city that because of it’s location grew powerful, rich, and beautiful.
But do you see how God was speaking about someone else moving behind the scenes in this city?
Read 1v6, 9a, 12, 13a
13, “… you were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering…”
Was the king of Tyre in Eden? No but the whisperer, and the inciter, of that great city was indeed in Eden.
In Genesis 3, God says to the serpent..
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise (or crush) your head.”
Now was God just talking about a snake? No, He was talking to the one He’s battling with, the one we all wrestle with today.
Check out Genesis 2 & 3 for context…
The Serpent tell Eve a beautiful and enticing lie. “You will not die, you will be like God.” (Genesis 3:4-5)
Satan is called the Author of Lies. People misunderstand that because they think they’ll know his lies because they’ll be totally false. But Satan’s too smart for that. He tells lies that are kinda true. Kind of like the false advertising in these photos…
Eve starts seeing things differently. Now she sees the tree differently. ‘It’s good for food.’ she thinks to herself. “You know, this tree actually is really beautiful. Oh look, I notice now that it is good for expanding your horizons. It broadens the mind.’
Who came up with this? Satan put one lie into her mind and now she’s seeing everything differently.
Where are these ideas coming from? Straight from hell and she doesn’t even know it.
Satan’s twisting her desires.
They are good desires twisted in the wrong direction.
It’s good to desire food. God gave all these trees for food.
… Now, I want that one.
It’s good to desire beauty. God filled the garden with beauty.
…. Now, I find beauty in the one the thing that actually hurts me
Plays With Our Pride
v13 … Every precious stone was your covering…
Satan, was blessed with beauty, strength, and wisdom. But rather than glory to God, he chose to glory in Himself. Verse 6 puts it like this..
“you have set your heart as the heart of a god”
So, as pride became Satan’s downfall, pride becomes his favorite opportunity for destruction in others.
See Genesis 3:1-2.
“…Has God indeed said you, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” And the woman said to the serpent. “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”
So Eve’s looking for a friendship from a snake…
Incidentally, where is Adam?! Most likely it involves watching NFL, or spending another evening with his PS4, his favorite RPG, or FPS.
It’s interesting that in her husband’s absence Eve has to look for the wrong kind of friendship, and relationship. There’s a lesson to be learned here:
When we neglect the relationships that come from God.
We find ourselves in relationships that keep us from God.
If the vacuum of our hearts is not filled with God,
it will be filled with the world.
Parent your child does not need more time with friends, but a closer relationship with his parent
Husband, if you do not lead and love, nourish and cherish your wife, something or someone will.
Christian, if you fill your life with 21st century busyness and neglect those around you in need of discipleship, there will be no disciples.
Now Back To Pride…
Satan took advantage of her pride. Can you see it? God didn’t tell Adam and Eve not to touch the tree, only not to eat it. Why did she add that?
#1 …In her pride she thought she could change God’s words.
But they’re not just rules, they’re facts. God didn’t say don’t eat of that tree because he was being arbitrary, or because He likes making rules. But because He knew it would kill her.
#2 …In her desire for rules over relationship.
Rules are kept by strength
Relationships are kept by grace.
So when Satan saw her pride he pounced on her.
Conclusion: Get Behind Me Satan
She’s Playing with fire. What is she doing hanging out at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil anyway? The whole garden of Eden is available to her and yet she’s having a conversation with a snake dangling from the one place in all of the garden that can hurt.
Jesus said, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one…”
Jesus said, “Get behind Me, Satan.”
He put Himself and Satan in opposite directions.
To turn to God is to turn from Satan.
“Get behind Me Satan! You are an offense to Me. (You are tripping me up.) for you are not mindful (you’re not thinking) of the things of God, but the things of men.”
I.e. You’re facing the wrong way Peter!
So Jesus before going to the cross he battles in prayer. Three times He asks His father take this cup, this suffering from Me. I don’t want to go to the cross. Nevertheless, not My will, but Your will be done.
There’s no better weapons against ‘My Will! My Will!’
Than “Thy Will, Thy Will”
… When you feel your desire are being twisted towards the wrong thing. Ask the Lord to take your desire, and give you His desires instead.
v13-14 cherub who covers.
Satan, a title which means adversary, but his name is Lucifer (lit. ‘shining one’ or ‘morning star’)
He was a worship leader of Heaven