Ezekiel 27: Inconsistent Values
In Ezekiel 27 we get to consider the city of Tyre a little bit more. It had been a blessed city. The majority of the beginning of this chapter is a list of all of the merchants who came from many other countries around the region to do business. It was a marketplace, and it was a valuable city in terms of economics.
However, even that value for the world was not going to be enough to protect it from judgment.
Eze 27:32 And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and lament over thee, saying, What city is like Tyrus, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?
Eze 27:33 When thy wares went forth out of the seas, thou filledst many people; thou didst enrich the kings of the earth with the multitude of thy riches and of thy merchandise.
Eze 27:34 In the time when thou shalt be broken by the seas in the depths of the waters thy merchandise and all thy company in the midst of thee shall fall.
Eze 27:35 All the inhabitants of the isles shall be astonished at thee, and their kings shall be sore afraid, they shall be troubled in their countenance.
Eze 27:36 The merchants among the people shall hiss at thee; thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt be any more.
We have two different perspectives here. On one hand, we have the perspective of all the people of the world. They are getting rich off of the city of the city of Tyre, so when the imminent judgment was going to come, they were obviously going to be very upset.
On the other hand, God is the one who has orchestrated the destruction and is perfectly just by definition. Therefore, it is not really consistent with the business interests of the world. God has something in mind that is higher than whether or not the people are going to be able to continue doing business.
This can apply to our lives as well. There are some things that can be so important for us. I’m sure it’s different for everyone, but we all have something that we value, and those items might not be the things that God values.
Therefore, we need to be mindful. As best we can, we want to try to set our priorities in the way that God would view them. We are not trying to play God, but it will be easier to live our lives in the way God wants us to if we try to be sensitive to what He values. The Christian journey is about following God, so we need to keep our eyes on Him and see what He does.