Proclamation Against Sidon

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Judgment

Some of the phrases in this passage describing the human king of Tyre seem to describe Satan. It is clear that at times Ezekiel describes this king in terms that could not apply to a mere man. The king had been to the Garden of Eden (v. 13), had been “the appointed cherub” (v. 14a), and had access to the holy mountain (v. 14b), but was driven from there (vv. 16-17). Ezekiel therefore, appears to have been condemning not only the king of Tyre, but Satan, who had motivated the king to sin.

Like Tyre, Sidon was another famous seaport, located about 25 miles north of Tyre (vv. 21-22). Sidon’s economy was linked to Tyre, so when Tyre fell to Nebuchadnezzar, Sidon was doomed to follow. Sidon is singled out for judgment because of being a prickling brier, or a grieving thorn, to Israel. Her idolatry both vexed and then ensnared Israel with the worship of Baal and Ashtaroth. Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against you, O Sidon; I will be glorified in your midst; And they shall know that I am the LORD, When I execute judgments in her and am hallowed in her. or I will send pestilence upon her, And blood in her streets; The wounded shall be judged in her midst By the sword against her on every side; Then they shall know that I am the LORD.”

The promise that God’s people will live in complete safety in not yet fulfilled (vv. 24-26). They were allowed to return from exile under Zerubbabel, and as a political nation have been restored today. However this promise will have its ultimate fulfillment when Christ sets up His eternal kingdom.

Application

 

Sidon was judged because of being like a pricking brier or a grieving thorn to Israel. Israel is definitely God’s favored people and I must always keep this in mind when I have any dealings with them or even when I make reference to them.

Ezekiel 28:11-26 (English Standard Version)

Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, raise a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say to him, Thus says the Lord GOD: "You were the signet of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, emerald, and carbuncle; and crafted in gold were your settings and your engravings. On the day that you were created they were prepared. You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created, till unrighteousness was found in you. In the abundance of your trade you were filled with violence in your midst, and you sinned; so I cast you as a profane thing from the mountain of God, and I destroyed you, O guardian cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Your heart was proud because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I exposed you before kings, to feast their eyes on you. By the multitude of your iniquities, in the unrighteousness of your trade you profaned your sanctuaries; so I brought fire out from your midst; it consumed you, and I turned you to ashes on the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who know you among the peoples are appalled at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever." The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, set your face toward Sidon, and prophesy against her and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I am against you, O Sidon, and I will manifest my glory in your midst. And they shall know that I am the LORD when I execute judgments in her and manifest my holiness in her; for I will send pestilence into her, and blood into her streets; and the slain shall fall in her midst, by the sword that is against her on every side. Then they will know that I am the LORD. "And for the house of Israel there shall be no more a brier to prick or a thorn to hurt them among all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the Lord GOD. "Thus says the Lord GOD: When I gather the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and manifest my holiness in them in the sight of the nations, then they shall dwell in their own land that I gave to my servant Jacob. And they shall dwell securely in it, and they shall build houses and plant vineyards. They shall dwell securely, when I execute judgments upon all their neighbors who have treated them with contempt. Then they will know that I am the LORD their God."

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