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Ezekiel 26-27, Psalm 62

Tyre is a port city that juts out into the Mediterranean in modern day Lebanon, which is north of Israel. God promises to bring nations against this city, “like the sea casting up its waves.” (Ezekiel 26:3) This imagery would be readily accessible to a people used to fearing strong winds and waves along with the repetitious beating of the sea against the shore. Tyre would be hit again and again by God’s waves of destruction and judgement. But God still tells Ezekiel to write a lament for Tyre mostly highlighting how important Tyre was to trade for surrounding nations. It is interesting to me that God commands Ezekiel to lament a city God will destroy, and that this lament is mostly pre-occupied with Tyre’s business. Perhaps I should not be surprised, for the scriptures constantly affirm God’s love for even those the Lord judges. Moreover, the Lord pays attention to the work of humanity and does not treat work, civilization, and culture as unimportant in the story God is writing. Tyre’s fall, while justified, is grievous, for God does not delight in punishing the wicked as we will see in Ezekiel 33 and because Tyre’s destruction has brood consequences for many people. God’s love is there even for the wicked, and our Kin has concern for the affairs of humanity. Let our hearts be in tune with God’s in these matters.

Jeremiah Vaught