Monday, March 27
Thanks to Rachel Cain’s devotion on Lamentations recently, we know that to lament means to mourn. Here, God tells Ezekiel to mourn Tyre. To me, this looks like a shift in what we saw yesterday. In our reading yesterday, God told the rebellious people not to mourn. Here, God is calling for a season of mourning.
At the beginning, we see that Tyre was a great nation. Some of the vivid imagery is displayed in the visual above. Tyre is compared to great ship. The ship is made of the finest wood and cloth; Tyre was a wealthy city who traded with many.
However, in 27:26, we see another tonal shift. The east winds will come and break this beautiful, seemingly perfect ship into pieces. Although I am by no means a Bible scholar, it seems like a fair assumption to say the east winds represent Babylon. Tyre will be destroyed by Babylon, just like the nations foretold in Chapter 25.
We see this theme continuing in Chapter 28. God tells Ezekiel in reference to Tyre, “Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god, I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations” (28:6). Here, it is evident that pride is once again an obstacle for Tyre. Their pride blocks their vision of the True God; whether explicitly stated or not, through the actions of Tyre.
Application to our lives: Although we may not explicitly state we are a god, do we sometimes un-purposefully act as though we are? Do we act as if we are entitled to a life of abundance? Do we let our pride obstruct the divine glory of God? I know that I can act this way sometimes. When I feel these emotions creeping up on me, I remind myself of my identify I have in Christ, not my identity I have built up in treasures on earth such as pride and wealth. I think of the disciples and how they left everything to follow Jesus. This seems to be a theme I keep coming back to in Ezekiel.