King of the humble!
Scripture reading for August 25th: Ezekiel 24-28
Satan is not often mentioned by name in the Old Testament. He was a fallen angel who inhabited the body of a serpent in the Garden of Eden and enticed Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. The serpent was told by God that the Seed of woman would crush his head and he would bruise the Seed’s heel. (Genesis 3:1-6, 14-15) In the oldest book of the Bible, Job underwent a trial as a result of Satan’s accusations of him. Satan was given permission by God to test Job by taking his possessions and children and then his health. In 1st Chronicles 21:1, Satan stood up against Israel and enticed King David to number the people and inciting pride in how many fighting men he had. In Zechariah 3:1-2, Satan accused Joshua, the high priest, and was rebuked by the Lord. The only other direct reference is found in Psalm 109:6 where the King James Version has “Satan” as the accuser.
There are two other passages that commentators believe refer to Satan because the descriptions go beyond that of an earthly man or king. One is found in Isaiah 14 and the other in Ezekiel 28:11-19. Ezekiel describes this ‘king’ as being the model of perfection and full of wisdom and beauty. He was in Eden, the Garden of God and covered with many precious stones. He was anointed by God to be a guardian cherub on the holy mountain of God. He walked among the fiery stones and was blameless from the day he was created. Wickedness was found in him and he was filled with violence. God drove him from the mountain of God because of the sin of pride. God threw him down to the earth.
This description seems to fit Satan and not just a man or earthly king. Satan is the king of pride and of all the proud of the earth. All mankind has fallen under his spell because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden. But God has provided one who has crushed the head of this serpent, Jesus Christ the Lord. The end of time will see Satan (the Devil) cast into the Lake of Fire forever! (Revelation 20:10) Jesus Christ is King of the humble!