Sep. 30. Proclamations Against Tyre, Sidon and Egypt

Ezek. 27:1-28:26; 32:1-32

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.

Sidon was an ancient seaport city hundreds of years old about twenty miles north of Tyre. They had been a painful brier pricking Israel for many years. Ezekiel pronounced God’s judgment upon them and as they were dependent upon Tyre, they would also fall as punishment for the evil that they had committed against God’s chosen people. “Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.”

Even as they suffered punishment for their own sins, Israel was reassured by God that they would again be gathered back safely to their own land. He would execute judgments upon those who would despise them.

God has portrayed Himself many times as a jealous God. Mankind throughout the ages has ignored Him and worshipped other gods as they had refused to know Him. The central theme of His punishment of the nations is, “Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”

Pharaoh was depicted as a young lion and a monster of the seas running wild. However, God would trap him in His net and all of Egypt would suffer as a consequence of his evil ways. Surviving nations would be troubled by the news of Egypt’s fall. Their carcasses slain by the sword of Babylon would fill the valleys and their blood would water the land. All that had been great in the land would become desolate. Pharaoh and his people would take their places with the other evil nations slain by the sword. Assyria, Elam, Meshech, Tubal, Edom and Sidon were specifically mentioned as being in their graves.