- 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 28
A prophecy against the King of Tyre.
Following the oracle against Tyre, Ezekiel’s prophecy in chapter 28 is focused on that of against the King of Tyre.
The King of Tyre was viewed as Canaanite’s mythological man, Dan’el, who was the wise judge of widow and orphans. But he was regarded himself as god out of his pride. Thus the prince of Tyre sat in the seat of the gods. But he would be slain by the most terrible of the nations, Babylonia.
The King of Tyre was a model of perfection, dwelling in the glory with covering of precious stones. But his pride, idolatry, and wealth from rich trades in violence and sin would cause him to be banished. “I drove you in disgrace from the mountain of God, and I expelled you from among the fiery stones.” (v.16)
Sidon was located at north of Tyre on the Phoenician coast, an ally of Jerusalem against Nebuchadnezzar. The oracle against Sidon was God’s declares to reveal, in the midst of the nations, divine glory and holiness so that all people knew God’s universal sovereignty.
The restoration of Israel is shortly inserted in the oracles against nations. Rooted in the promise of Jacob, this hope of return to the land and security is the message to the exiled.
Why does God restore them to return to their home land? So that they may know the Lord, God. Manifestation of God’s faithfulness and holiness is the Lord’s ultimate goal.
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?