2 Samuel 20, 2 Corinthians 13, Ezekiel 27, Psalms 75–76

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Samuel 20, 2 Corinthians 13, Ezekiel 27, Psalms 75–76. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Ezekiel 27.

Tyre was an incredible place to live. It was situated on the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea. This made it a pleasant place with sandy beaches and expansive views of the sea (vv. 1-3). 

It’s location on the coast also made it a profitable place to be. Merchants would dock their ships there bringing goods from far away places. People—like the Israelites, for example—who were further inland would go to Tyre to buy what the ships brought; they would also go there to sell what they had to offer. It was a key marketplace for the nation of Israel and her neighbors (vv. 12-25).

Because there was so much interesting merchandise coming and going and so much money changing hands, Tyre was not only a naturally beautiful lakeshore, it was beautiful for human reasons as well. The very best building materials and the best craftsmen constructed an incredible city to live in and to visit (vv. 5-9). 

Imagine what it must have been like for the people of Israel to travel to Tyre. They would arrive loaded with wheat, honey, olive oil and balm (v. 17). After selling it all off, they had money in their pockets so maybe they strolled the beaches for a day or two and enjoyed the food and entertainment the city offered. 

All that Tyre had, however was taken away from them because of their wickedness (vv. 27-36). The prosperity they enjoyed could not protect them from the wrath of almighty God. It is an important lesson for us, too, given that we live in a prosperous nation. As Jesus told the Laodiceans: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” When we have financial prosperity, many material things to enjoy, a beautiful home situated near a picturesque setting, it is easy to forget God. May God’s word of warning and judgment to them cause us to fear him instead of depending on prosperity.

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