Thursday, September 04, 2008

Queen of the Seas

September 4: Ezekiel 24-27

1 In the eleventh year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “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,’ 3 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. 4 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. 5 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, 6 and her daughters on the mainland shall be killed by the sword. Then they will know that I am the Lord.
Ezekiel 26:1-6
“O Tyre, you have said,
‘I am perfect in beauty.’
4 Your borders are in the heart of the seas;
your builders made perfect your beauty.
27 Your riches, your wares, your merchandise,
your mariners and your pilots,
your caulkers, your dealers in merchandise,
and all your men of war who are in you,
with all your crew
that is in your midst,
sink into the heart of the season the day of your fall.
Ezekiel 27:3b-4 & 27
Queen of the Seas


They called themselves the Queen of the Seas; situated on an island just northwest of the Sea of Galilee Tyre was thought to be invincible. And, so it seemed; nation after nation sought to overthrow her unsuccessfully. Finally, Alexander the Great built a causeway 1968 feet long and 197 feet wide from the mainland to the island and captured the city in 332 B.C. 40,000 people were put to death or sold into slavery. Never again would she be that great city that endured for centuries!

All of this was prophesied by Ezekiel in our reading for today. God said, Behold, I am against you, O Tyre, and will bring up many nations against you, as the sea brings up its waves. 4 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.

Look at those chilling words, Behold, I am against you, O Tyre. God decreed it, and it came to pass. Though it was impossible to imagine at the time of Ezekiel, the great city of Tyre would never again be the same.
What of our world today? Have things changed all that much? Nations rise; great cities are born, and they believe themselves to be invincible. The Word of God is preached, and largely ignored by the masses, but does that negate the truth of the Word?
God is God, and what He decrees will come to pass! As Christians, may we never forget the lesson of that renowned city of Tyre, Queen of the Seas. As the pictures above show, very little remains of that ancient city.
As we go about our duties of this day, we must pray that God will keep our faith strong; though the world may mock God, the truth of His Word stands forever. God is God, and what He decrees will come to pass!
Amen, so shall it be!
God Bless You,
Linda
All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

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