No rest…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Isaiah 23:1-12

 The oracle concerning Tyre. Wail, O ships of Tarshish, for Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor! From the land of Cyprus it is revealed to them.

  Be still, O inhabitants of the coast; the merchants of Sidon, who cross the sea, have filled you.

 And on many waters your revenue was the grain of Shihor, the harvest of the Nile; you were the merchant of the nations.

  Be ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea has spoken, the stronghold of the sea, saying: “I have neither labored nor given birth, I have neither reared young men nor brought up young women.”

 When the report comes to Egypt, they will be in anguish over the report about Tyre.

 Cross over to Tarshish; wail, O inhabitants of the coast!

 Is this your exultant city whose origin is from days of old, whose feet carried her to settle far away?

 Who has purposed this against Tyre, the bestower of crowns, whose merchants were princes, whose traders were the honored of the earth?

The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth.

  Cross over your land like the Nile, O daughter of Tarshish; there is no restraint anymore.

 He has stretched out his hand over the sea; he has shaken the kingdoms; the LORD has given command concerning Canaan to destroy its strongholds.

 And he said: “You will no more exult, O oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon; arise, cross over to Cyprus, even there you will have no rest.”

Why is there this lament?  Why is there this destruction?  Why is there the loss of prosperity and provision?

“The LORD of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored of the earth. “

Mankind has progress, prospers, succeeds in his deeds and then begins to believe all that man has accomplished is of his own doing.  Humanity forgets the One who gave them the skills that are used to accomplish all this and they begin to believe only in themselves.  The Lord God brings judgment for the sin of pride.  If only all of mankind could have ears to hear and turn to the One who created them.  We can be sure to keep our focus on the Lord, giving Him the honor He is due.  Not out of fear of judgment but in response to the love He has for us.  Love has no problem giving the honor where it is due.

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