“Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lies in the midst of his streams, that says, ‘My Nile is my own; I made it for myself.’” (Ezekiel 29:3)
In Bible college, I learned some people read chapters 28 and 29, the descriptions of the king of Tyre and the king of Egypt, as allegorical descriptions of Satan. At first, I thought it was a stretch. Really, this is a specific prophecy against actual cities and actual kings, so why would this suddenly be about Satan?
The more I’ve studied the Bible, the more I see the correlation between the two. While I still think this is primarily historical, the Word is multifaceted and beautifully layered.
The point is: Satan, the enemy of God Most High, is personified in pride and deceit. He seeks to set himself up in God’s place. I believe most local deities, pagan gods, Hindu, Celtic, etc. are demons looking to snag some personal glory.
Kings can easily do this too, and historically, there have been plenty of kings, tyrants, emperors or presidents who thought a little too highly of themselves. Some even claiming divine status, as Pharaohs notoriously did.
The point is, this sort of prideful claim is demonic. Whenever God brings a word of judgement, He caps it off with the phrase, “and they will know that I am the LORD.”
We might think it’s no big deal to forget who’s in charge, or think God is overreacting to destroy nice places like Egypt and Tyre just because their kings are demonically vain, but losing sight of the Lordship of God is fundamentally damaging to the human condition.
He is our creator. He wired us, and knows what’s best for us; healthy, life-giving, glorious, beautiful. Submitting to flawed, mortal powers is damaging, reckless and deadly. The most important thing for mankind to understand is who God is and who we are. He wants us to know Him and to know His rightful authority.
Is there something or someone in your life with too much power and authority? Is it you? Talk to the LORD, today, about who He is and where His placement is in your life.