This is a bit choppy, but I swear these are all related. Bear with me.
Here’s a thought. God created humans ‘in his own image’. Humans fell.
Tyre was an island in the Mediterranean. The Phoenicians, the great shipbuilders and traders of the ancient world, had a city there. The city had done well. Very well. And had become an independent power, of sorts.
Here’s a map.
There’s a poem in Ezekiel. Its a longish poem. Hang in there. It goes like this.
28:1 The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘In the pride of your heart
you say, “I am a god;
I sit on the throne of a god
in the heart of the seas.”
But you are a mere mortal and not a god,
though you think you are as wise as a god.
3 Are you wiser than Daniel?
Is no secret hidden from you?
4 By your wisdom and understanding
you have gained wealth for yourself
and amassed gold and silver
in your treasuries.
5 By your great skill in trading
you have increased your wealth,
and because of your wealth
your heart has grown proud.
6 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘Because you think you are wise,
as wise as a god,
7 I am going to bring foreigners against you,
the most ruthless of nations;
they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom
and pierce your shining splendor.
8 They will bring you down to the pit,
and you will die a violent death
in the heart of the seas.
9 Will you then say, “I am a god,”
in the presence of those who kill you?
You will be but a mortal, not a god,
in the hands of those who slay you.
10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised
at the hands of foreigners.
I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”
So, pretty much, the King of Tyre thinks he’s real cool. I’m not sure why God took offence at him particularly, as many rulers of the ancient world got their authority from ‘being’ a god or being descended from a god. But for some reason the King of Tyre has gotten on God’s nerves MORE than Pharaoh and MORE than the kings of Ur and MORE than the Meso-Americans and God is being sarcastic to the King of Tyre about how pathetic and not-god like he is with all his stupid little boats and stuff.
(And God is going to make sure he and all his people die horribly. BTW.)
Then the sarcasm takes a weird turn.
11 The word of the Lord came to me: 12 “Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.
Your settings and mountings were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
17 Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
I made a spectacle of you before kings.
18 By your many sins and dishonest trade
you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you
are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
and will be no more.’”
I’ve always heard that this passage described as a description of Lucifer, the Fallen Angel, and his Expulsion from Heaven. God’s enemy. But up till now God hasn’t been saying anything about the King Tyre having anything to do with God’s enemy.
What ticked God off about humans in the Garden was about how they wanted to be like God (knowing good and evil). They wanted to be like HIM.
What’s irritating God about the King of Tyre is that this mere human feels that he’s godlike in some way. Is the god that the King of Tyre wants to be like also HIM?
In this third portion of the poem, God is describing the human in terms that could only apply to a god. To show off how much it doesn’t apply.
Is it possible that he’s using a description of Himself?
The god in this poem falls.
Humans fell. And they were God’s Image. Was the Fall part of that Image?
Did God Fall too?