Isaiah 23

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Isaiah 23

Overview.

An oracle against Tyre.

Tyre is ancient leading city of Phoenicia that was a prosperous trading country on the Mediterranean Sea. Tyre played an important role in the economy of the surrounding nations. Ships of Tarshish, where Jonah fled to (Jonah 1:3), were sailing to the ends of the known world.

However, wealth and power led Tyre to become proud and arrogant ignoring God who made all things and gave them richness. Tyre is labeled a prostitute in the same way Jerusalem is described as a harlot. Isaiah sent oracle against the city to warn of destruction by other nations.

Sexual violence, harlot or prostitution, is occurred throughout the chapter to describe the life of Tyre. Unlikely Jerusalem, Tyre’s prostitution will bring her material gain. “on that day,” Tyre will dedicate her profit to the Lord for food and cloth of the people of God, Judah.  “Seventy years,” is a symbolic period of devastation, God’s judgement.

Reflection.

 1. What does this passage tell you about God?

 2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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