- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- 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 Ezekiel 27
A lament for Tyre.
Chapter 27 is a mocking lament over the destruction of Tyre that was arrogant for her wealth and richness, and was not humble before God.
Prophet Ezekiel pictured Tyre as a great ship that carried grandest cargo, a good ship constructed of the best materials. Tyre was located along the coastline, with rich trading merchants from various nations. Tyre’s commercial empire was described generally from west to east, Tarchish, Jawan, Greeks, Tubal, Meshecj, and from south to north, Damascus, Yemen, Arabiam Mesopotamia.
The oracle against Tyre begins with prideful boast, “I am perfect in beauty.” (v3). Last section of mocking lament pictured this great ship with so heavily laden that was sinking into the heart of the sea. The response of onlookers is expressed in lament (vv31-36). The rhetorical question in verse 32, “Who was ever silenced(destroyed) like Tyre?” answered no one.
This mocking lament reflects surprise and fear, because Tyre’s wealth represented prosperity for all. But the wealth and strength brought Tyre down and all nations will scoff at her.
The lament teaches the consequences of the glory by wealth and richness without God.
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?