(26 verses, 4:25 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Ezekiel is given a prophecy against Tyre and Sidon and a prophecy for the restoration of Judah.
- vv. 1-19 are a prophecy against and lament for the king of Tyre.
- vv. 20-23 are a prophecy against Sidon.
- vv. 24-26 are a promise concerning the restoration of Judah.
- The king of Tyre, like many rulers in antiquity, made the claim that he was divine. But God is a jealous God and will not share His reign with anybody. The tone of this prophecy against the king seems to be dripping with mockery. By the king’s wisdom, understanding, that is, by his own doing, he has built for himself a wealthy and secure empire. Instead of recognizing what he has as a gift, the king of Tyre has put all his trust in himself. This is not unlike the Parable of the Rich Fool from Luke 12. In the end, the king of Tyre is guilty of idolatry, which is the root of all sin. This prophecy against the king is a warning to those who would practice any sort of idolatry. This is especially true for Christians, who are called to fear, love, and trust in God above all things.
- The lament of the king of Tyre shows that God does not delight in the death of a sinner. God is long suffering, but the time for grace does come to an end, either at the end of a person’s life or at the return of Christ to judge the living and the dead. God desires all to come to the knowledge of salvation in Christ, but many steadfastly refuse God’s gracious call through the preaching of the Gospel.
- The twin prophecies against Tyre and Sidon show God’s hand in the flow of history to both discipline His people and restore them through repentance and faith. All of this, of course, is aimed at restoring mankind to Himself through the Messianic age ushered in by Christ Jesus.
- The restoration of Jerusalem is accomplished for that end–that the virgin would conceive and bear a son, who would be called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14). This Immanuel would gather the people together Himself, as a shepherd gathers his sheep. This is accomplished by the manifest holiness of God in the sight of all people (Luke 2:28-32 and John 12:32) at the crucifixion of Jesus.
- Prayer: O Lord, by Your almighty power, You break the teeth of the wicked and rescue Your chosen saints from the valley of the shadow of death. Grant that we may see Your holiness through Your Word of promise. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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-Rev. Jordan McKinley, pastor
Trinity Lutheran Church, Vallonia, IN
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