God has already told Ezekiel that He doesn’t take delight in the death of the wicked, but in their repentance. (18:23) Ezekiel brings God’s lament at the shattering of Tyre. The real problem is our hardness, not God’s.
“The merchants among the peoples hiss at you; you have come to a dreadful end and shall be no more forever.”
It’s a helpful process to think about what happened to Tyre, and God’s judgement upon it here seen through Ezekiel’s words, and in turn think about the powers in our world today.
Big companies, warlike nations, world-wide initiatives growing in power.
In the end, the Lord will call us to raise a lamentation over them.
Because they are not of Him, they reject Him, regardless of the skill that lies in them, the power and splendour. They cannot last. Their end is that same as that of a broken single person who rejects the Lord.
In the end what have we? When it all ends, what will be truth?
As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 15, “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
Praise God for Jesus, who irrevocably takes away the sting of death.
* Father God,
Thank You that in Jesus there is no sting of death. No victory.
Thank You that instead we have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Please help us to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in Your work, knowing that in You our labour is not in vain.