Yesterday the Lord told Ezekiel that He was going to destroy the Phoenician port city, Tyre. The Lord is destroying Tyre bc they rejoiced over the fall of Jerusalem, thinking that they would profit from Jerusalem’s destruction. Today Ezekiel talks about the riches of Tyre and all the nations that do business with Tyre. Therefore, when Tyre goes down, many nations will mourn bc it will impact them financially. “You satisfied many people; you enriched the kings of the earth with your many luxury goods and your merchandise. But you are broken by the seas in the depths of the waters; your merchandise and the entire company will fall in your midst. All the inhabitants of the isles will be astonished at you.”
See, wealth and power mean nothing without a relationship with the Lord. The people of Tyre are secure in their stuff and believe they are gods. The Lord says, “Because your heart is lifted up because of your riches…I will bring strangers against you..They shall throw you down into the Pit, and you shall die the death of the slain in the midst of the seas.”
In other bad news, Jerusalem falls today. The Chaldeans break through the city wall, “Then they killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, put out the eyes of Zedekiah, bound him with bronze fetters, and took him to Babylon.” 😱 The Babylonians burn the city and take the remnant of people off to Babylon. They leave only the poor who have nothing and give them vineyards and fields.
Meanwhile, Jeremiah is still stuck in prison. Keep reading.
(Ezekiel 26:15-28:26, 2 Kings 25:3-7, Jeremiah 52:6-11, Jeremiah 39:2-10)