Archive for January 13th, 2017

Ezekiel 28

Ezekiel 28 has the prophet continuing in his explanation of what is happening to the people of Tyre.  “Because your heart is lifted up and you have said, ‘I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods In the heart of the seas’ there is a problem.  This is idolatry and sin and God is not going to tolerate it – not then, not now.  The issue is that Tyre has had a lot of success and it has gone to their head, just like many other nations we read about in scripture.  They forget the reality that “you are a man and not God”.  That is one core thing we must keep in mind – God is God and we are not.

When we lose our place in God’s design, there is punishment coming to restore things to the way God intends.  For Tyre, “Therefore, behold, I will bring strangers upon you….they will bring you down to the pit, and you will die the death of those who are slain In the heart of the seas”.  Tyre is now condemned on account of their pride. Because of the wealth and strength that the country gained through trading, Tyre saw itself as all-powerful, answerable to no one. It considered itself to be a god among the nations of the commercial world.  They forget the truth – that they are not God.

Sin carries a significant cost.  For Tyre, it is devastating.  “I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you….I have turned you to ashes on the earth In the eyes of all who see you….you will cease to be forever”.  God will tolerate Tyre’s arrogance no longer. The day of Tyre’s judgment has come. The city – both its island and mainland – will become rubble and will be thrown into the sea. The king who thought he was a god will be killed by the foreigners whom he despised, and his body thrown into the sea.  God will make Himself known.

Tyre fell into the sin of wanting to be like God. Just as those who lived in the original paradise were driven out for their arrogance and rebellion, the proud people in Tyre will be shamefully removed from its place of honor and power.  Ezekiel goes on to give Sidon the news that they will also be brought back to putting God where He belongs.  But as is always God’s nature, He never gives up on us even when we are being punished or destroyed for our sin.  God  has a plan to bring His people back.  “When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and will manifest My holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they will live in their land which I gave to My servant Jacob. They will live in it securely….then they will know that I am the Lord their God”.  God wants us to know Him and He will make Himself known!

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