Proclamation Against Tyre

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Prophecy

Chapters 26 and 27 are a prophesy against Tyre, the capital of Phoenicia just north of Israel. Part of the city was on the coastline, and part was on a beautiful island. The sin of Tyre is cited in this passage (vv. 1-6). The eleventh year (v. 1) is in reference to the reign of Zedekiah, the year in which Jerusalem was captured, 586 or 587 B.C. Her sin was that of crying, “Aha, she is broken” (v. 2). This points to the fact that Tyre rejoiced when Jerusalem fell, because Tyre and Judah always competed for the money involved in the trade that came through their lands from Egypt in the south and Mesopotamia to the north. Tyre dominated the sea trading routes while Judah dominated the land caravan routes. After Judah was defeated, Tyre thought it had all the trade routes to itself.

However, this gloating didn’t last long because in 586 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon attacked the city (v. 7). The many nations relates to those nations that would be involved in the destruction of Tyre (v. 3). After a 15 year siege Nebuchadnezzar still could not conquer the part of Tyre located on the island because its back side lay on the sea where fresh supplies could be shipped in daily. But this prophesy predicted what would happen to the island later during the conquests of  Alexander the Great when he placed the rubble of the mainland city into the sea until it made a bridge to the island in 332 B.C. Today the island city is still a pile of ruble. It has never built again on it’s original location. It literally became like the top of a rock where fishermen spread their nets for drying and repair (v. 14), a testimony of God’s judgment.

It is amazing to see how prophets, like Ezekiel prophesied what would happen and it did in detail.

Application

Just as Tyre rejoiced over the destruction of Jerusalem it is so easy for me to rejoice when someone I don’t like fails. Lord, help me to never rejoice in the trials and downfall of others!

Ezekiel 26:1-14 (English Standard Version)

In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, because Tyre said concerning Jerusalem, 'Aha, the gate of the peoples is broken; it has swung open to me. I shall be replenished, now that she is laid waste,' therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. They shall destroy the walls of Tyre and break down her towers, and I will scrape her soil from her and make her a bare rock. She shall be in the midst of the sea a place for the spreading of nets, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. And she shall become plunder for the nations, and her daughters on the mainland shall be killed by the sword. Then they will know that I am the LORD. "For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will bring against Tyre from the north Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, and with horsemen and a host of many soldiers. He will kill with the sword your daughters on the mainland. He will set up a siege wall against you and throw up a mound against you, and raise a roof of shields against you. He will direct the shock of his battering rams against your walls, and with his axes he will break down your towers. His horses will be so many that their dust will cover you. Your walls will shake at the noise of the horsemen and wagons and chariots, when he enters your gates as men enter a city that has been breached. With the hoofs of his horses he will trample all your streets. He will kill your people with the sword, and your mighty pillars will fall to the ground. They will plunder your riches and loot your merchandise. They will break down your walls and destroy your pleasant houses. Your stones and timber and soil they will cast into the midst of the waters. And I will stop the music of your songs, and the sound of your lyres shall be heard no more. I will make you a bare rock. You shall be a place for the spreading of nets. You shall never be rebuilt, for I am the LORD; I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD."

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