calvery chapel 1997-10-18 - The Sin of the Anointed Cherub

The Comprehensive Study Series, Part 13

Last week we covered some interesting ground in relation to who Satan is and what his abilities are. This week I would like to cover what the sin of this most powerful created being was. We left off last week, examining the first 14 verses of Ezekiel, chapter 28. I will pick back up in verse 15 of this same chapter. It may be good for the reader to reread last Saturday's devotional to gain a full understanding of this week's. As we continue with our comprehensive Bible study, I hope that this glimpse of Satan, the enemy of God and man and all that is good, may enrich your understanding of the Bible.

Ezekiel 28:15 (1901 ASV) Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till unrighteousness was found in thee.

We see from the verse above that Satan was perfect in all his ways until unrighteousness was found in him. We know that what ever God does is perfect. When the Lord created this anointed cherub, he was a powerful, holy, righteous, just, loving, loyal creature and remained that way until unrighteousness was found in him. How could it be possible for such a holy, loyal and righteous subject to commit sin and engage in unrighteousness? The answer to this reaches as far back as the age old problem of the origin of evil and sin. I have seen a fair share of many of the weird and unreasonable arguments that have been advanced in this matter, yet I believe that a proper study of the Sin of the Anointed Cherub which we are studying, will reveal the answer. The anointed cherub possessed characteristics or attributes of personality which are intellect, sensibility and free will. His focus was upon the plans and purposes of the Almighty God. At this time in history, blessed fellowship existed between them, and it was the Anointed Cherub's will to do the will of God. This view is proven by the fact that he sealed up the measure of perfection, completion and proportion, and was full of wisdom and beauty. Yet he still sinned and unrighteousness was found in him. But how could such a being sin and unrighteousness be found in him?

Ezekiel 28: 16-17 (1901 ASV) By the abundance of thy traffic they filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore have I cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God; and I have destroyed thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thy heart was lifted up because of thy beauty; thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I have cast thee to the ground; I have laid thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

It was by the abundance of the traffic that they filled the midst of thee with violence. What is the meaning of traffic and they ? The meaning of traffic can be understood when we realize the parallel between the actual King of Tyre a sort of model of Satan and this anointed cherub *(Satan himself) when he was god of this world, living and reigning in Eden the garden of God during prehistoric times. There are two possible answers to who they are:

  • One answer is that the angels who were working under this cherub and serving him were referred to.
  • The other answer is that there was a pre-Adamic race upon the earth.

This could be possible yet we are assured that the angels were in existence and it seems more likely that they are referred to. Then again both the angels and a pre-Adamic race may be referred to. The analogy that is drawn here between the King of Tyre and Satan makes it clear that the King of Tyre, because of the abundance of riches and trade, lifted up his heart and set himself up as a god. By this we see that he was following in the footsteps of Satan who had done the same thing in prehistoric times. They both made everything gravitate toward themselves and their own desires and purposes. The constant heaping up of praise and adoration upon this anointed cherub, caused him to lose sight of his first love, devotion and loyalty to God. The fact that he accepted this worship and praise of these subordinate spirits is solid evidence that he substituted his own will for that of the Almighty. As we all know the substitute of the will of the creature for that of the Creator is the very essence of sin. It was this act of Satan's substituting his will for God's which brought about the wreckage and ruin which we see about us today.

Job chapters 40 and 41 are references to the anointed Cherub after his rebellion against the Almighty. Study these chapters with this in mind. Those that are mentioned as the "sons of pride" in Job 41:34 are without a doubt the angels that followed Satan and rebelled against God.

Ezekiel 28:18-19 By the multitude of thine iniquities, in the unrighteousness of thy traffic, thou hast profaned thy sanctuaries; therefore have I brought forth a fire from the midst of thee; it hath devoured thee, and I have turned thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the peoples shall be astonished at thee: thou art become a terror, and thou shalt nevermore have any being.

Again there are two possible meanings that can be placed upon these verses.

  1. It could refer to Satan's rebellion when he was cast from his high place of responsibility and power and brought about the wreckage that was wrought upon the primeval earth and brought about an end to the era of bliss and happiness.
  2. It could refer to literal King of Tyre in Alexander's day. That civilization was destroyed and passed away and that earthly king who claimed to be god had no more being as an earthly monarch. Then again it could be a blending of both the king and satan following parallel courses. Satan would have set the pattern and the king followed his footsteps.

By a survey of history, we see that down through the ages in most cases the kings and rulers of the earth have followed closely in the footsteps of Satan in his plunge from the height of glory to the depth of sin, rebellion, condemnation and judgment. History shows that as a rule they heaped to themselves material wealth, prestige and power. They considered the masses of men as only their servants who are here for the purposes of laboring and toiling for their personal benefit. The ancient pharaohs were an excellent example of this condition. The common people practically lived in slavery, toiling to build the pyramids and the great temples. The fruits of the toil of their hands were seized by the government in order that the reigning people might have everything for which they yearned. What was true of the pharaohs was also true of the Assyrians, Babylonians the Hittites and other ancient rulers. Even during the Christian era, many of the rulers considered the people nothing more than slaves, and ground them down by extreme taxation in order that they themselves might have all that they desired.

In carrying out such plans, we know that these rulers were simply duplicating on a small scale what Satan did to a practically unlimited degree in prehistoric times, when he openly and by choice rebelled against God.

We know that there will be one more world sovereign, the Anti-Christ, who will enact the role of Satan to a far greater extent than any ruler in the past has ever done. This man will believe he is God and demand that all men render praise and adoration to him as God. He will be energized and possessed by Satan himself, who will give to him all his authority and power. During the tribulation period, the cycle will be completed which was begun by Satan in his arrogance, pride, haughtiness, rebellion -- and carried on by the kings and rulers of this world -- and will be terminated by the Anti-Christ. We rejoice in the knowledge that the reign of the Ant-Christ brings to an end Satan's diabolical machinations against God and will bring to a close his deceptive double dealings which have marred every man's pilgrimage through life. Even so come quickly Lord Jesus, amen.

Next week: God's Moral Government of The Universe

In His Service,

*The reader is encouraged to review last week's devotional on Satan for additional insight into these concepts.