September 7, 2021
Daily Reading: Ezekiel 25-27
Now, thou son of man, take up a lamentation for Tyrus;
From chapters 25-32 of Ezekiel’s prophecy the Lord pronounces judgment against Gentile nations that were thorns in Israel’s side. In chapter 25 four of Judah’s closest neighbors are warned about their coming doom: Ammon, Moab, Edom, and Philistia. In chapters 26 and 27 the spotlight is turned on Tyrus (Tyre).
In 585 B.C., about a year after Jerusalem fell into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, this rampaging king also took Tyre. This was a Phoenician city known for its maritime strength and power. It was located about 60 miles northwest of Nazareth in the area now called Lebanon. Tyre was unique in that part of the city was an island and part was a fertile and well-watered plain on the western foot of the mountains of Lebanon. It was no easy task for Nebuchadnezzar because of an almost impenetrable fortress on the island part of the city. It took 13 years for the city to finally fall into the hands of the Babylonians, but fall it did just as Ezekiel prophesied.
The once rich, splendorous, and proud city and people were subjugated to first Nebuchadnezzar and then Alexander the great. It never regained its previous glory, becoming a place of fishermen instead of the world power of the seas. This fulfills Ezekiel’s prophecy when he said: The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more. Ezekiel 27:36
Once again, God’s Word is proven.
Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.