The cherub, garden and god of Eden in Tyre.

One of the most disturbing way of interpreting scripture is to say that the King of Tyre is the incarnation of Satan.

The excuse for such interpretation is the words Eden, mountain of God and cherub were used.

Again what people don’t seem to realize is the following:

Ezekiel 28:12-14

“Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“‘You were the seal of perfection,

full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

You were in Eden,

the garden of God;

every precious stone adorned you:

carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,

topaz, onyx and jasper,

lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.

Your settings and mountings were made of gold;

on the day you were created they were prepared.

You were anointed as a guardian cherub,

for so I ordained you.

You were on the holy mount of God;

you walked among the fiery stones.

must be read with it’s preamble.

Ezekiel 28:9

Will you then say, “I am a god,”

in the presence of those who kill you?

You will be but a mortal, not a god,

in the hands of those who slay you.

A mortal.

A man.

What people also do not realize is that Tyre had a beautiful garden which surrounded a temple dedicated to their deity Melqart.

You can read about this here.

https://www.encyclopedia.com/environment/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/melqart

For you who are interested.

This is who the king of Tyre was.

Ithobaal III (Latin Ithobalus, Hebrew Ethbaal) was recorded by Josephus as the king on the list of kings of Tyre reigning 591/0–573/2 BCE at the time of the first fall of Jerusalem, and therefore the subject of Ezekiel’s cherub in Eden.[1]

During his time, Josephus also wrote that Nebuchadnezzar II besieged Tyre for 13 years, which probably covered 585 to 573 BC.[2]

The precise year it began is difficult to pinpoint with scholars divided as to whether it started in 598, the seventh year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, or 585, which was Ithobaal III’s seventh year as king.[3]

There are even those who proposed an earlier date – around 603-590 – citing that the Babylonians would have attacked it first before launching a campaign against Egypt.[3]

The city, according to the oracles of Ezekiel was not captured.[2]

Ithobaal himself survived the siege with the prophet acknowledging that “King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre… yet neither he nor his army got anything”.[4]

So you see he and Nebuchadnezzar were enemies. As Jesus puts it “how can Satan rise against Satan?”

Now with respect to the garden please note this is stated in wikipidea.

“Ezekiel has cited Eden in two extensive passages and one of these (28:11-19) portrayed the king of Tyre in terms of the cherub in Eden.[4] ….

The city is famed for the temple complex of Melkart with its renowned garden enclosure.[5]”

So you see, Ezekiel is not speaking about an actual cherub from the garden of Eden. He was saying the king who worship Malkert is liken to the gods of Tyre in his pride and vanity.

We have to take something into consideration. People in that society are polygamous and believe in multiple gods because they were superstitious and archaic in their thinking.

The purpose of the Jewish writers at that time which is their exile to Babylon was to proof Yahweh is the one true deity and Malkert is a false god who did not exist.

As such in modern day equivalent. What the Jewish prophets was trying to disprove is that Satans do not exist.

Hope that enlightens you.

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