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Lament for the King of Tyre!

Scripture reading for August 25th: Ezekiel 24-28

Ezekiel was also a prophet to the nations of his day.  God gave him a message for Tyre, in the form of a lament or funeral song.   Tyre was a city/nation on the Mediterranean Sea that was located partially on an island.  Tyre was populated by a proud group of sea people who controlled much of the commerce on the sea and surrounding areas.  These people were very rich from their trading. They boasted that they were invincible and were celebrating the fall of Jerusalem.  (Ezekiel 26:1-6)  God had Ezekiel read a prophetic warning and pronouncement over Tyre.  God’s goal was to help them know that “I am the Lord“.  (Ezekiel 26:6) The end decreed by God for Tyre: “I will make you a bare rock, and you will become a place to spread fishnets.  You will never be rebuilt, for I the Lord have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 26:14) Ezekiel wrote a lament at God’s direction for Tyre.(Ezekiel 27)  By the way, Tyre does not exist today, except in ruins!

Following that lament, God gave Ezekiel another lament for the ruler of Tyre.  The King of Tyre felt that he was “god” and possessed great power, wisdom and wealth.  (Ezekiel 28:2)  This “king” was proud and felt invincible, but God decreed his removal by death. Pride goes before destruction!

Ezekiel’s strange lament spoke of this “king” being in the Garden of Eden and a model of perfection.  (Ezekiel 28:11)  He told of  being anointed by God to be a guardian cherub on the holy mount of God.  It spoke of iniquity being found in this perfect being and God’s removal of  him in disgrace.  The reason for removal was pride in his beauty and splendor. (Ezekiel 28:17-18) Many commentators feel that this lament speaks of the fall of Satan from heaven as well as the earthly King of Tyre.

We do know that pride causes destruction.  As citizens of one of the most powerful nations on earth, we must guard against the sins spoken of concerning this “king” of Tyre.  Many have become proud of our wealth and our power, and feel invincible.  Many have forgotten that God is sovereign, and act in brazen sin and dishonesty.  Satan has been cast down to earth and is at work.  A day of reckoning is coming!  These laments remind us that God weeps over sin and it’s destruction of people He loves!

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