QT – Isaiah 23

Vs. 1, “An oracle concerning Tyre…”  We now come to the last oracle/judgment of the nations.  Tyre & Sidon were two great commerical cities of the Phonicians.  For the people living in this time…it would seem unfathomable that such a great nation would fall.  Think of the equivalent today (USA)  The attack brought weeping & sorrow as the victims were stunned to see it happen.  They too would be taken into captivity and freed 70 years later.

Regarding application…Who’s the Boss?  Vs. 9, “The LORD Almighty planned it, to bring low the pride of all glory and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.”  God is in control.  People may think they are in control or contributed to the downfall or victory of circumstances in life…but ultimately, God is in control.  Sometimes He allows things to happen…sometimes He intervenes directly.  Whatever the case…nothing is a surprise to God.  Though Tyre represented the love of money and all other sorts….when they were restored just as Jerusalem was after the captivity, it wasn’t because of their own initiative or will.  We are told in God’s word that Israel would use some of Tyre’s goods & services to help restore the Temple of Jerusalem (vs.18, Ezra 3:7).  God works in ways that we cannot possibly understand.