Isaiah 23

Isaiah 23  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 10
The series of burdens ends in chapter 23 with “The burden of Tyre.” In those days this very ancient city was the great center of trade and commerce. This is quite evident in verse 8 of our chapter. In the days of David and Solomon its kings had been very favorably disposed and helpful, but its great wealth and prosperity had wrought corruption, as seems always to be the case in this fallen world. In this chapter Isaiah predicts a period of disaster and eclipse that should come upon the city, but with some respite at the end of seventy years.
The great Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Tyre and this is referred to in Ezekiel 29:1818Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyrus: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was peeled: yet had he no wages, nor his army, for Tyrus, for the service that he had served against it: (Ezekiel 29:18), which speaks of his having “no wages” for the long years he spent over it, for the Tyrians had time to remove all their treasure. Still judgment from God did come on the proud and rich and joyous city, and her glory departed.
The comparative mildness of the burden on Tyre is accounted for, we believe, by the fact that it was not an oppressor of Israel. It presents to us a picture, not of the world as oppressing and enslaving the people of God, but as the scene of man’s successful and opulent activities in forgetfulness and independence of God.
Thus, in the chapters we have been considering, we have seen the world in all its aspects, both secular and religious, brought under the judgment of God. Yet in the midst of the judgments are a few bright flashes of light, which direct our thoughts to the One in whom is found the center of all blessing CHRIST.
Chapters 24:1-27:13
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