Definition number four in Merriam-Webster's definition of the
word 'God' is "a powerful ruler." The prince of Tyre was that.
Perhaps an asterisk is needed beside this definition, to warn the
unwary reader that, if you employ this definition, you might be
subject to the death penalty. Or wilt thou yet say before him that
slayeth thee, 'it's OK! I read it in Merriam-Webster!'
Some people think men are of the same race with God: "The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, basing its belief on divine
revelation, ancient and modern, proclaims man to be the direct and
lineal offspring of Deity. God himself is an exalted man, perfected,
enthroned, and supreme." (Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p.
249). If any such thing were the case, it is difficult to understand
the death sentence handed down to the prince of Tyre.
The Prince and Jesus
Some people look at the prince of Tyre and see. . .Jesus of Nazareth!
"What the Rabbis strongly objected to was the
deification of man. Thus with reference to Exod. 6 and 7.1, God is
represented by the Rabbis as having said to Moses, 'Though I made
thee a god to Pharaoh, thou must not become overbearing (and think
thyself God); I am the Lord.' To Hiram, the Prince of Tyre, who
said, 'I am God; I sit in the seat of God' (Ezek. 28.2), God is
supposed by the Rabbis to have answered, 'Did Elijah,
notwithstanding his reviving the dead, bringing rain, and making the
fire to come down from heaven, ever make the claim to be a God?'
Both Pharaoh and the Prince of Tyre are, of course, only prototypes
of persons deified in the times of the Rabbis, be it Roman emperors
or Jewish Messiahs." ('Aspects of Rabbinic Theology,' by Solomon
Schechter, pp. 38-39).