Ezekiel 27: 12-24
“Tarshish was your merchant because of your many luxury goods. They gave you silver, iron, tin, and lead for your goods. 13 Javan, Tubal, and Meshech were your traders. They bartered human lives and vessels of bronze for your merchandise. 14 Those from the house of Togarmah traded for your wares with horses, steeds, and mules. 15 The men of Dedan were your traders; many isles were the market of your hand. They brought you ivory tusks and ebony as payment. 16 Syria was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made. They gave you for your wares emeralds, purple, embroidery, fine linen, corals, and rubies. 17 Judah and the land of Israel were your traders. They traded for your merchandise wheat of Minnith, millet, honey, oil, and balm. 18 Damascus was your merchant because of the abundance of goods you made, because of your many luxury items, with the wine of Helbon and with white wool. 19 Dan and Javan paid for your wares, traversing back and forth. Wrought iron, cassia, and cane were among your merchandise. 20 Dedan was your merchant in saddlecloths for riding. 21 Arabia and all the princes of Kedar were your regular merchants. They traded with you in lambs, rams, and goats. 22 The merchants of Sheba and Raamah were your merchants. They traded for your wares the choicest spices, all kinds of precious stones, and gold. 23 Haran, Canneh, Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Assyria, and Chilmad were your merchants. 24 These were your merchants in choice items—in purple clothes, in embroidered garments, in chests of multicolored apparel, in sturdy woven cords, which were in your marketplace.
Today’s reading is almost a ledger of customers and merchandise. It describes the hub of mercantile that Tyre had become. They were the middle class of today bringing goods and customers together for an exchange of goods. A prosperous people who turned from God and laughed at another’s calamity. They became confident in their own endeavors and ceased to rely on any other. For this pride they were judged and it became their downfall. This is a warning to us to be ever thankful to the Lord who supplies, gives us life and health and strength. Scripturally, that is coming from a biblical mind-set, we can say we do not do what we do on our own. We do not accomplish what is accomplished strictly from our own strength and expertise. What we do is done by and through the strength, health, gifts and abilities given to us by God. This is the difference we have with today’s rhetoric. We do not give credit to government for getting us where we are, or we would be no different from Tyre! We give credit to the grace of God for what we do and have done. Without his love, care and forgiveness we too would fall to judgment as Tyre did. Let’s remember to always give praise to the One who created us and gave us the means to accomplish great things for and through him!
Step by step you’ll lead me…