Saturday, March 23, 2019

March 23 - Ezekiel 27

Today's reading in our daily plan is Ezekiel 27. 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 continues a series of prophesies against the city of Tyre. Tyre was a mercantile city located on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. They were one of the most powerful cities in regards to trade and had a large control over the seas. As explained in the previous chapter, Tyre was excited when Jerusalem was destroyed because Jerusalem was one of their competitors in the trading business.
  • Tyre is symbolically compared to a beautiful ship with an experienced crew carrying luxurious goods. A list of all the nations and cities that relied on Tyre for trade is then laid out. Tyre is described as glorious and rich but the prophecy explains Tyre's bitter end when it will be lost at sea and destroyed with all of its crew and riches inside.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Tyre was a very proud city. They were the center of trade to dozens of cities and nations but they were also self-absorbed, self-reliant and materialistic. They never recognized God for their success or acknowledged God in the slightest. They attributed all of their success to themselves and were consumed by their greed. When Jerusalem fell, instead of grieving they gloated. Because of all of these things combined and the fact that Tyre was never set on repenting, God decided to end them. Tyre was a representation of human achievement but a reminder that separated God, all will eventually come to an end.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

What's important to you? What do you value most? Where and what do you spend your time on? Finding these answers can help figure out where your relationship with God stands. God wants your focus on Him because He knows that your best life is lived with Him. If you solely rely on you and put continued focus towards selfish things, then sooner or later, it will end in disappointment.