Sep. 18. Future Destruction of Tyre Lamented

Ezek. 27:1-28:19

The seaport, Tyre was proud and beautiful located in a strategic gate or entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. They had access to a wide array of commercial markets and were living in great luxury. The Lord through Ezekiel stated that they had said, “I am perfect in beauty.” He continued by describing their beauty and commercial importance.

Hezekiah saw Tyre’s future as he likened them to a wind-torn ship, “But the east wind broke you in the midst of the seas.” The destruction that would consume them would cause them to, “Become a horror, and be no more forever.” Pride has caused many great nations and people to fall.

Leaders can make or break a nation, company or organization, including the church. When one proudly places himself upon a pedestal like a god, he is assuring himself of eventual failure even though he may seem to be doing great and successful works.

The prince of Tyre was one of those “successful” leaders who considered himself to be a god. God’s message to him stated that he would be slain by the sword as a man and not a god. Tyre’s prince had begun life as any other person—full of wisdom and beauty. As time passed, he like so many others had allowed inequity to enter into his life and dealings with others. In the end, he had, “Become a horror, And shall be no more forever.” The prince and his city would be destroyed.