In the story of the Tree of Knowledge and the Garden, a look at the “bad guy” is in order. No, this is not Adam but the serpent. Why not just call him Satan? Good question. According to BAS (Bible Archaeology Society), the term Satan was not in use when Genesis was written. I have no problem in the thought that it is Satan; let us look at a set of scriptures that connect a “type” of Satan with the Garden and his fall.
Ezekiel 28: 1- 19 is three different prophecies to the ruler/king of Tyre, again the word Satan is not used in this chapter. Parts of these messages are directed at a “man and a physical place” while other phrases make no sense if we try to imagine them talking about a human. The verse that is important for this study is #13, “you were in Eden, the garden of God”. Verse 14 identifies this ruler as a guardian cherub, #15 says he was blameless, but #16 talks about trade, violence, and sinning.
Verse 2, 5, and 17 mentions that pride was the reason for his (Satan’s) downfall. Verse 17 mentions that his wisdom was also corrupted because of his beauty and splendor. (All my references are from the NIV.) Place these ideas into the Garden narrative and there are similar problems that Eve and Adam faced. The fruit was “pleasant to the eyes” and “desirable for gaining wisdom”.
Other interesting facts about Tyre are:
- It would have been in the land that had belonged to the Tribe of Asher.
- Jesus healed a little girl that lived in that place.
- We tend to lump it together with Sidon. But starting at verse 20 Sidon gets its own judgment. Verse 24 to 26 seem to reference Israel, this is interesting because Asher and the people of the northern kingdom were relocated many years before this prophecy.
- The town of Zarephath is in Sidon just up the coast from Tyre.
Humility and pride are opposites. It is very easy now to see why the Father used Moses (most humble man) and opposes anyone that is ruled by pride.