Sunday, March 17, 2019

March 17 - Ezekiel 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 26. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter is dedicated to the judgment of Tyre. Tyre was a very prosperous city of the ancient Phoenicians and was located on the Mediterranean coast north of Israel. At the time of King David, Tyre and Israel were friends and allies. As the years passed however, Tyre drifted apart and viewed Israel as competition to its already thriving economy.
  • When news struck that Israel had been defeated by the Babylonians, Tyre rejoiced because it would boost their own economy and trading business. God didn't like that Tyre was so heartless in their response and so promised judgment on them and let them know they would be defeated by other more powerful nations. That promise came true through the attacks of King Nebuchadnezzar, Persia, Alexander the Great, Rome, and the Saracens.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God does not enjoy when people delight in other people's punishment or pain. In the case of Tyre, the city was so wrapped in their own greed that they could only see Jerusalem's downfall as an economic benefit rather than a depressing end to a nation that had rejected God and paid the price for it. Tyre should have been mourning rather than rejoicing but because they chose the former, they eventually were judged and destroyed themselves.
  • G. Campbell Morgan has a great quote in relation to this passage where he writes, “God is against any nation whose life has become so materialized by commercial prosperity that she can rejoice over the calamities of other nations, because such calamities increase her opportunities of barter and amassing of wealth….Any nation to-day which gauges her attitude towards other nations by what their rise or fail may contribute to her wealth has God against her.”
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

How do you respond when an acquaintance, a friend or a family member gets a promotion, receives a raise, or is publicly praised by their boss? How do you respond when an acquaintance, a friend, or a family member fails or falls into a hard situation? Make sure to continually check your heart and celebrate when good things happen to others and feel sad when unfortunate things happen. Be genuine.