08: Foundational Frameworks Part 8 (July 23, 2017)


Foundational Truths: The Bible is God’s self-revelation.
God is the Eternal, Sovereign Creator; all that He creates is good.
Man is a responsible agent, held to a moral standard.

There are two prominent passages that deal with the Adversary of YHWH Elohim (the LORD God). The first provides his origin, privilege, and personal responsibility. The second displays his pride.

Ezekiel 28:11-13. As noted in Part 03, this passage is difficult to interpret because of its address to the “king of Tyre” (v.11), and the qualities of “blamelessness” and “perfection” that are ascribed, with the subject’s location being “in Eden, the garden of God” (v.13), which had long since been removed by the flood. We are also told that this being was “created” (v.13) and not eternal. While a literal king may be in view, Satan would be the influence behind his throne.

Note the physical brilliance and luminance that this creature has been given. He is also exceedingly intelligent (v.12b). 

Ezekiel 28:14-16a. This “anointed cherub” was a guard, having responsibility before God, being placed by Him in that position (v.14). Clearly, something other than a human being is in mind. “Blameless” in v.15 does not mean perfect but “complete, free of blemish.” Only God is perfect. 

Verse 15 reveals something pivotal that is often overlooked:

Sin originates within a person.

The NASB notes that he was “internally filled” with violence. This means that it was found to be at the center of his being. 

The word “sin” means “missing a goal, mark, or expectation.” Sin can only be understood in light of the moral declarations of YHWH Elohim.

Ezekiel 28:16b-19. God issues immediate judgment, casting this cherub away from the “mountain of God” and being “banished” (“destroyed”- NASB, ESV, NKJV) from the “stones of fire.”

The reason for this expulsion is that vanity had eclipsed sanity. This angel will be put on public display and humiliated before the “kings” (v.17), which are faithful believers at the end of the Millennial Kingdom. Satan will be banished forever (Rev 20:7-10).

Isaiah 14:12-15. While addressing the “king of Babylon” (v.4), v.12-15 show a shift in the subject being addressed. Just as with Ezekiel 28:11-19, we see that Satan is in view, being the elohim behind the king of Babylon. “Babylon” is today known as Eastern Iraq/Western Iran. Anyone that has paid attention to history or current events can easily see the satanic influence coming from this part of the world.

Satan pronounces five “I will” statements, all of which originate in his heart (v.13). Each is bursting with pride and discontentment regarding his position before YHWH. As seen before, Satan is “thrust down” (v.15), losing his privileged position.

It is this loss of authority that fuels Satan’s hatred for YHWH, which also fuels his schemes against the first man and woman in the Garden of Eden.

If Satan is the enemy of God, he is our enemy as well. We are told in 1 John 3:7-8 that Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil. He alone is the divine solution to this supernatural problem.