Ezekiel 28: Taking Inappropriate Credit
Generally in society today, it seems as if we have the tendency to try to make ourselves into God. We want to be in charge of the universe, and we want to hold the ultimate control. The same thing was happening to the Prince of Tyre in Ezekiel 28.
Eze 28:6 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
Eze 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
Eze 28:8 They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
Eze 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
Eze 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
Clearly, God did not appreciate this attitude. Of course, the question then is why. Why does it bother God so much that people want to pretend to be Him?
I like to think of it this way. Plagiarism is a crime. If I write a book, you cannot directly copy my book. You can look at my book, and you can even my book, but you cannot take credit for the work that I have done.
God is similar. It is not right to take credit for what He has done. We can talk about what God has done, and we certainly can look at what God has done, but it would be inappropriate to say that it was our own.
I think it is pretty clear that human beings are not God. There are a host of other issues that people have to face if they try to put themselves in that position, but I don’t really need to get into that today. The main point is that God is a God of justice, and that includes justice for Himself.