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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Ezekiel Chapter 26

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Ezekiel
Date Penned: BC 571
Overview: Messages Against Seven Nations (c 25-32)
Theme: The Reality of Punishment (c 12-32)
Message: A Prophecy Against Tyre (v 1-21) 
Ezekiel: Chapter 26 Commentary
(26:1) This message came to Ezekiel and 586 BC and chapters 26 to 27 are prophecy against Tyre. Now Tyre is the capital of Phoenicia just north of Israel. Part of the city was on the coast line and part was on a beautiful island. Tyre rejoiced when Jerusalem fell because Tyre and Jerusalem always competed for the trade which came through their land from Egypt and south Mesopotamia to the north. Tyre dominated the sea trading routes while Judah dominated the caravan routes. Now that Judah was defeated, Tyre thought it had all the trade routes itself. But this gloating didn’t last long. In 585 BC Nebuchadrezzer besieged the city of Tyre. It took him 13 years to capture the city because it’s backside was on the sea and fresh supplies could be shipped in daily. 
(26:14) After a 13 year siege, Nebuchadnezzar could not Conquer the part of Tyre which is located on the island. The certain aspect of this described in verse 12 through 14 and exceeded the actual damage done to Tyre by Nebuchadnezzar and predicted what would happen to the island settlement later, during the quest of Alexander the great. Alexander through the rubble of the mainland city into the sea until it made a bridge to the island. Today the island city is still in ruins, a testimony to God’s judgment.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

God is in Control


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the Book of Ezekiel with Chapter 26. In our text today we see Prophecies against Tyre as they are judged as nation against Israel. In our text God uses the enemies of God to fulfill His purpose. In making application we see how God is in complete control over all. Scripture shows how God gives us a free will to repent and become a Child of God, in doing so, God uses the just and unjust to fulfill His Will. How about you? Do you see how God is in total control? Let us learn from our text today to not be concerned about those who rise against God's People, for God is in total control, and He uses the just and unjust to fulfill His Will.


Ezekiel 26

Ezekiel 26

 1And it came to pass in the eleventh year, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

 2Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste:

 3Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

 4And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

 5It shall be a place for the spreading of nets in the midst of the sea: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD: and it shall become a spoil to the nations.

 6And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

 7For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

 8He shall slay with the sword thy daughters in the field: and he shall make a fort against thee, and cast a mount against thee, and lift up the buckler against thee.

 9And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.

 10By reason of the abundance of his horses their dust shall cover thee: thy walls shall shake at the noise of the horsemen, and of the wheels, and of the chariots, when he shall enter into thy gates, as men enter into a city wherein is made a breach.

 11With the hoofs of his horses shall he tread down all thy streets: he shall slay thy people by the sword, and thy strong garrisons shall go down to the ground.

 12And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.

 13And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.

 14And I will make thee like the top of a rock: thou shalt be a place to spread nets upon; thou shalt be built no more: for I the LORD have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

 15Thus saith the Lord GOD to Tyrus; Shall not the isles shake at the sound of thy fall, when the wounded cry, when the slaughter is made in the midst of thee?

 16Then all the princes of the sea shall come down from their thrones, and lay away their robes, and put off their broidered garments: they shall clothe themselves with trembling; they shall sit upon the ground, and shall tremble at every moment, and be astonished at thee.

 17And they shall take up a lamentation for thee, and say to thee, How art thou destroyed, that wast inhabited of seafaring men, the renowned city, which wast strong in the sea, she and her inhabitants, which cause their terror to be on all that haunt it!

 18Now shall the isles tremble in the day of thy fall; yea, the isles that are in the sea shall be troubled at thy departure.

 19For thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall make thee a desolate city, like the cities that are not inhabited; when I shall bring up the deep upon thee, and great waters shall cover thee;

 20When I shall bring thee down with them that descend into the pit, with the people of old time, and shall set thee in the low parts of the earth, in places desolate of old, with them that go down to the pit, that thou be not inhabited; and I shall set glory in the land of the living;

 21I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more: though thou be sought for, yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord GOD.