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Punishment For Speaking Against God's Children

John Collins07/06/2012
Ezekiel 26 tells of the downfall of the city of Tyre, God's punishment for mocking His children.

Tyre was a peaceful city of commerce, unlike the Ammonites and Edomites.  They were a well-fortified port city in today's Lebanon that allowed merchant trade to flow inland to the other cities.  Thought their power was in their business acquaintances and trade industry, though some of the cities they traded with may have been bigoted towards Israel.  They were dedicated to increasing their own wealth for reasons of comfort, and saw Jerusalem as a rival instead of an enemy.

When Jerusalem fell into ruin, the men of Tyre mocked the city of God's Chosen, saying, "Aha, the gate of the peoples is broken; it has swung open to me.  I shall be replenished, now that she is laid waste!"  Now that Jerusalem had been laid waste, the commerce would flow to Tyre without the competition.

God was greatly displeased.  Though Ezekiel was over a thousand kilometers away in Babylon, God told Ezekiel to go and prophesy against Tyre.

Through Ezekiel, God said that he was against Tyre.  He would cause many nations to rise against Tyre as the sea crashes against the seashore.  Since Tyre mocked the plunder of Jerusalem, God said that now they would be plundered.  Through their downfall, God would show His power and all would know that He is the Lord.

Their fall would send mourning throughout the land.  God said the princes of the sea will step down from their thrones and remove their fancy embroidered garments.  They would be clothed with trembling.

God said that hen He made them into a city laid waste, He will bring the deep over them and take them to the ruins below in the uninhabitable pit.  They would be sought after, but would never be found again.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we speak out against other children of God when God Himself decides who He will chose and will not choose?  When Christians outside of our particular faith suffer an awful fate, do we brag on our own state of affairs as though we are made stronger by their being made weaker?  Do we rejoice in their calamity as Tyre did with Jerusalem?