Thoughts on Ezekiel 28

  1. When was this book written?  This is the second time he’s mentioned Daniel as an established baseline for wisdom  and piety.  I had it in mind that Ezekiel was either contemporaneous with Daniel or with Jeremiah.  But writing at the same time as Daniel doesn’t seem to work with saying things like “Behold, you are wiser than Daniel!”
  2. I know vs. 11-29 are generally taken to be talking bout the devil.  All well and good, but the text specifically says that it’s a lamentation against Tyre.  So I want to know what all this “beauty of perfection,” “covering cherub” stuff has to do with Tyre.  The stuff about the multitude of trading makes sense, but the rest doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Tyre at all.

Textual Crisis

Ok. I’m having a crisis of Biblical textual criticism.

I remember being taught as a child the phrase “Jesus set his face like flint to go to Jerusalem.” I’m reading today in Isaiah 50:7 where it says, “For the Lord GOD will help Me; Therefore I will not be disgraced; Therefore I have set My face like a flint, And I know that I will not be ashamed.” And I thought, “oh, cool, it’s a quote,” and went to make a note of what the New Testament reference was.

Only I can’t find it. All I can find is Luke 9:51, which reads in every translation I can find, something like “He steadfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem.” I can’t even find the word “flint” in the new testament. So, where am I getting the phrase, “Set his face like flint to go to Jerusalem?” I know I didn’t make that up. Somebody taught it to me.

Aw, Come on!

Reading in 1 Samuel today, and I come to the passage in chapter 15 where Samuel has to come to Saul and tell him that God has rejected him as king. Samuel says, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you this day and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you. And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.” Then, six verses later, the text says, “And the LORD regretted that he had made Saul king over Israel.”

I mean, come on! Six verses between “God doesn’t regret” and “God regrets”? I don’t care what your theories are on how or by whom the bible was written. The guy who put that in there had to see that coming. I mean, really.

I’m reading the ESV, and I don’t really have the time to go looking to see what other translations put down, much less try to look up the Hebrew, so I’m stuck having to parse out all on my own in what sense God does regret and in what sense he doesn’t.