Destruction of the “Floating Target”


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The city of Tyre was considered the pinnacle of worldly success in the ancient world. Tyre and it’s sister city of “Sidon” were part of a nation known as Phoenicia. Tyre was best known for its amazing ship fleet and sea trade. They had the world’s most skilled craftsman, best ships, seamen, builders, importers, captains, and were able to travel all over the world (Europe, Africa, Asia, & Middle East) to obtain goods that the rest of the Middle East was not able to. Because of this, Tyre became super wealthy and symbolized the pinnacle of worldly success. Tyre’s ships could be considered a giant floating Super Target, from which a girl from the ancient Middle East could obtain anything her heart desired.

This floating Target was able to obtain silver, iron, horses, ivory, luxury clothing, corals, rubies,  kosher foods, wool, goats, multi-colored clothing, and etc from all over the world. They seemed to have it all, opportunity, wealth, creativity, and power.

The problem with Tyre was that when Jerusalem was captured by the Babylonians, Tyre’s response was “Aha, She is broken”. This angered the Lord who by His grace had allowed Tyre to become wealthy. Proverbs 17:5 says “He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished”.

Tyre and Israel had a longstanding relationship. King David used supplies from Tyre to build a new palace for himself as a new king. He also allowed Tyre to travel inland (through Jerusalem) to sell and trade their goods. He did tax them for this. Tyre also sent laborers and supplies to King Solomon to help build the temple in Jerusalem.  Now that Jerusalem had fallen, Tyre assumed they would obtain even more wealth by no longer having to pay Jerusalem’s taxes. Tyre’s problem was their greed.

The prophet Ezekiel warned that God will not be mocked and claims that Tyre will have the same fate (destruction) as Jerusalem. 13 years later, Nebuchadnessar destroyed Tyre. Many years after this, the Crusaders would also attack and destroy this city. Just as the people of Jerusalem never thought that their city would be destroyed because of God’s protection, the people of the world thought Tyre could never be destroyed because of its immense wealth and geographical location. Tyre thought they were invincible. Part of their country was covered by a rocky mountain range, and the other portion, the island, was heavily guarded by its vast merchant fleet.

Their destruction caused this thought “If Tyre can fall, then who can possibly stand?”God never condemned Tyre for her business practices or being unjust in her dealings with other nations. The sin of Tyre was her pride and greed. Tyre relished in her status, and flaunted her wealth. They believed themselves to be a “self-made” city. When we begin to view our belongings, our job, or our wisdom and creativity as things we own, we began committing the sin of Tyre.

God sets Tyre’s city officials straight when he says in Ezekiel 28:2 “Because your heart is lifted up, and you say “I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the midst of the seas,” Yet you are a man, and not a god”. Don’t forget we are all people created by God. He does not want us to boast, but to use everything he has given us to glorify God. God gave Tyre wealth. They used it to run away from God. God destroyed Tyre. This showed all the other nations how powerful God was and brought some nations back to Him. He can use you to lead others to him, or he can use your destruction to bring others to him. Like Tyre, it’s up to us.


Much of the information was used by this book and is a great study of Ezekiel http://www.lifeway.com/Product/ezekiel-P005483318

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