Ezekiel – 25 and 26
Chapter 25 contains four prophecies directed against Ammon, Moab, Edom and the Philistines respectively. Chapter 26 is a prophecy of the approaching destruction of Tyre through the armies of Nebuchadnezzar, together with a vivid description of the far-reaching effects of her overthrow.
- In chapter 25, find four ways in which unbelievers and enemies of the truth act towards the people of God when the latter are brought low by calamity. How will such adversaries be dealt with, and why? Cf. Pss. 94:1-5, 21-23; 46:8-10; Is. 26:9b.
- What, according to 26:2, was the ground of God’s judgment upon Tyre? As we try to imagine the scenes described in 26:7-14, and measure the fame and worldly greatness of Tyre by the dismay caused by her fall (15-18), what lessons can we learn? Cf. Jer. 9:23, 24; Luke 12:15-21.
- 25:10.’The people of the East’ are the tribes of the desert. Moab and Ammon were before long overturn by the Nabataeans.
- 26:2. Jerusalem had been as an open gate, by which commerce had been diverted from Tyre.
- 26:6. ‘Her settlements’: i.e., towns on the mainland dependent upon Tyre.
Ezekiel 27 and 28
Further prophecies concerning Tyre: In chapter 27 the city is pictured as a stately ship. Verses 5-11 give a description of the ship; verses 12-25 of her cargo; and verses 26-36 of her shipwreck and total loss, with the widespread mourning that ensued. In chapter 28 the prince of Tyre is regarded as personifying the genius or spirit of the city, and as incarnating in his person the principle of evil which animated it. The terms used concerning him (especially in verses 11-19) are such that the figure of the human ruler seems to merge into Satan himself, the originator of the sins of which Tyre was guilty.
- Contrast men’s judgment of Tyre (27:4, 33) and Tyre’s view of herself (27:3) with God’s judgment of her (28:2-8). What was the per-eminent sin of Tyre? Cf. Dan.4:29-32.
- In what sense did Tyre become ‘a terror’ (AV 27:35, 36)? See also 26:21; 28:19. To what kind of fear should such a catastrophe give rise in our own hearts? Cf. Deut.17:12, 13; Rom. 11:20; 1 Tim. 5:20.
- 28:20-26 is a short prophecy against Sidon, which was closely linked with Tyre. What is said in verses 20-26 to be the twofold purpose of God’s judgments: (a) in relation to himself, and (b) in relation to his people?
1.27:36. Hissing expressed astonishment, rather like whistling today.