Ezekiel 26:15-28:26; 2 Kings 25:3-7; Jeremiah 52:6-11; Jeremiah 39:2-10
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Ezekiel Chapter 27 indicates that Tyre was certainly good at business and trading! This was in large part due to Tyre's prime real estate location, which you can see in the two maps below:
However chapter 28 tells us that there was also a lot of pride associated with these business skills & wealth. Verse 5 tells us: "Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich, and your riches have made you very proud." This verse definitely stands out to me. How often in our lives does something in our lives make us proud? Verse 2 in this chapter says this: "In your great pride you claim, `I am a god!" If we get prideful enough, might we even consider ourselves a god?? Do you hear others in our culture today telling us that we are gods? Good idea or bad idea here....?
Verse 11-19 in this chapter are very interesting. It is tough to discern if these verses about the king of Tyre or Satan or both? Commentators hedge on these verses. Perhaps, indeed, when we let pride get the best of us and think we are a god then we risk interweaving our life story with Satan's? I don't know. Scary stuff to think about though - jump down to the Psalm 111 verses for a good antidote to all this pride stuff...
YouTube: Today's readings about Tyre's pride reminded me of the great need for humility in our lives. And this call to humility reminded me of a Pastor's recent confession on his need for humility in this YouTube clip below. This is Pastor Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle.
Do you know our Humble King? Click here for true humility!
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