Our humility meter needs a boost today. Pride goes before the fall. In the prophecies of Ezekiel, the city of Tyre’s fall would be hard. We can learn from this story and humble ourselves before the Lord instead of being wise in our own eyes and proud in our posture.
1 In the eleventh month of the twelfth year, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, because Tyre has said of Jerusalem, ‘Aha! The gate to the nations is broken, and its doors have swung open to me; now that she lies in ruins I will prosper,’ 3 therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves.
3 ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘You say, Tyre, “I am perfect in beauty.” 2 “‘In the pride of your heart you say, “I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas.” But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.
4 By your wisdom and understanding you have gained wealth for yourself and amassed gold and silver in your treasuries. 5 By your great skill in trading you have increased your wealth, and because of your wealth your heart has grown proud.
17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.
6 “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “‘Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god, 7 I am going to bring foreigners against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor. 8 They will bring you down to the pit, and you will die a violent death in the heart of the seas. 9 Will you then say, “I am a god,” in the presence of those who kill you?
Ezekiel 26:1-3, 27:3, 28:2, 4-5, 17, 6-9
In the midst of God providing prophecy against his own children, through Ezekiel, God changes direction to prophecy the destruction of surrounding nations and cities who are against the children of Israel. One of the most significant prophecies is against Tyre, this great city of trade and prosperity in the north.
At the crux of the issue with Tyre is a risk for you and me also. Tyre was opportunistic at the downfall of others, and proud and puffed up in its own eyes because of its self-made wealth and beauty. God doesn’t take kindly to that attitude.
The trouble for you and me is that we can be tempted to have that same attitude.
The ‘certain rich man’ in Luke 12 has a similar attitude, in which it impacts his behaviour toward life and others. God demands his life-breath back from him in a demonstration of the Lord’s power. We can think we are the ones who determine our destinies, yet in that proud posture we forget that God is the one who gives us breath each day.
Our humility meter needs a boost today. Pride goes before the fall. Tyre’s fall was hard. We can learn from this story and humble ourselves before the Lord…