‚ÄúThrough 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, O guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones. 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. 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.‚Äù
(Ezek 28:16-18 NIV)
I know that was about the King of Tyre, and flashing back to be about the devil, but who else does this apply to? Filled with violence because of widespread trade? Proud because of it‚Äôs beauty? Corrupt because of its beauty? Desecrated the sanctuaries with dishonest business?
I‚Äôll leave off what I‚Äôm alluding to, in case any of my friends ever want to become president of the United States of America.
May we never forget that all we have and are is a gift from God.
‚ÄúIs he not the One who says to kings, ‚ÄòYou are worthless,‚Äô and to nobles, ‚ÄòYou are wicked,‚Äô who shows no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor, for they are all the work of his hands? They die in an instant, in the middle of the night; the people are shaken and they pass away; the mighty are removed without human hand. ‚ÄúHis eyes are on the ways of men; he sees their every step.‚Äù
(Job 34:18-21 NIV)