Ezekiel 26 - 28
What does the text say? – On February 3rd in the 12th year of King Jehoiakim’s captivity, the Lord told Ezekiel Tyre had been delighted in the fall of Jerusalem as they thought Tyre would gain wealth because of it; but the Lord would cause many nations to destroy it and leave it an uninhabitable ruin. Tyre had been a great trading city for the best of every kind of merchandise from far and near passed through it, but it would exist no more. The Lord told Ezekiel to tell the prince of Tyre that he had too high an opinion of himself, so the Lord would destroy him. Then the Lord told Ezekiel to sing a funeral song for the king of Tyre, saying he had been the model of perfection , full of wisdom and beauty, he was in Eden with his clothing adorned with every precious stone all set in finest gold; he had access to the mountain of God and was blameless from the day he was created until he became evil and was banished in disgrace because of his pride in the beauty and wisdom the Lord had given him. Then the Lord told Ezekiel to prophecy the destruction of Sidon, so that Israel’s scornful neighbour would know He is the Lord and His people will, once again, live safely in Israel, building homes and planting vineyards, when their contemptuous neighbours have been punished and know He is the Lord God.
Application? – No nation or person is too great to be punished by the Lord. Have I ever been contemptuous or scornful of any other nation? Am I proud of my looks or ability – which are, in fact, a gift from God?
Quote:- (Henry H. Halley)”585 BC Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Tyre. It took 13 years to conquer the city (585 – 573 BC). Tyre . . . 60 miles North West of Nazareth, was a double city, one part on an island the other on a fertile and well-watered plain . . . it was a great maritime power of the ancient world . . . with colonies on the north and west coasts of Africa, in Spain and Britain, controlling the commerce of the Mediterranean, with the wares of all nations passing through it’s port. A city renowned for it’s splendour and fabulous wealth. With it’s subjugation by Nebuchadnezzar it ceased to be an independent power; it was later subdued by the Persians and again by Alexander the Great (332 BC). It never recovered it’s former glory and has for centuries been a ‘bare rock’ where fishermen ‘spread their nets’, an amazing fulfilment of Ezekiel’s prophecy that it ‘nevermore should have a being’.