“Glory To The Lamb Jesus”/Isaiah 23, “A Prophecy About Tyre,” cont’d

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“Be Blessed” Yolanda Adams

Oracle – A person through whom God Speaks, or Message From God.

Oracles – The Words Of God

Prophecy – A Message or Prediction (What Will Happen In The Future)  From God

Prophesy – To Foretell, Expound, And Interpret The Message From God

Prophet/Prophetess – God’s Spokesman (or, person), Divinely Called Minister  

Prophetic – To Speak From God’s Perspective of what will Happen In The Future 

Idolatry – Worship Of/To Any Created Object or Person Instead of The True Creator, God.

“A Prophecy About Tyre,” cont’d, Isaiah 23:6) Pass ye over to Tarshish; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.  7) Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days?  her own feet shall carry her afar off to sojourn.  Isaiah 22:2.  8) Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers, are the honourable of the earth?  1 Timothy 3:4.  9) The Lord Of Hosts Hath Purposed It, to stain the pride of all glory, and to bring into contempt all the honourable of the earth.  Luke 1:51, 52.  10) Pass through thy land as a river, O daughter of Tarshish:  there is no more strength.  11) He Stretched Out His Hand Over The Sea, He Shook The Kingdoms:  The Lord Hath Given A Commandment Against The Merchant City (Canaan), To Destroy The Strongholds Thereof.  12) And He Said, Thou Shalt No More Rejoice, O thou oppressed virgin, daughter of Zidon:  arise, pass over to Chittim; there also shalt thou have no rest.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary –  v6, 7, Tarshish is Tartessus in Spain and represents the most distant place to the ancient Israelites (2:16).  Whose feet … to dwell is a personification of Tyre’s colonies.  Tyre’s large merchant fleet transversed the Mediterranean Sea.  Their colonies were sprinkled throughout the Mediterranean Sea in support of their shipping empire.  v8, crowning:  Tyre crowned its trading merchants with wealth and prestige.   v9, dishonor the pride:  For a similar idea, see 2:12-19.  v10-12, Oppressed suggests “crushed” in war.  virgin daughter of Sidon:  it is possible that this phrase is used as a parody (imitation).  Jerusalem is The Lord’s daughter; Tyre is just a pretender.

Quest Study Bible –  v12, “Why call Sidon a Virgin Daughter?”  Simply to show the contrast between what Sidon was and what she would become.  Sidon, with all Phoenicia would no longer be like a happy-go-lucky girl, enjoying the pampered life.  She would be captured, beaten and raped.  v12, “What could Cyprus offer?”  The king of Sidon hoped to escape Sennacherib and the Assyrians by finding safety among allies on the island of Cyprus.  But any short rest would be short-lived.  Sidons defeat to the Assyrians was as inevitable as the defeats handed to the not-yet-powerful Babylon (710 and 689 B. C.).  See v. 13.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-14, Tyre was the mart of the nations.  She was noted for mirth and diversions; and this made her loth to consider The Warnings God Gave By His Servants.  Her merchants were princes, and lived like princes.  Tyre being destroyed and laid waste, the merchants should abandon her.  Flee to shift for thine own safety, but those that are uneasy in one place, will be so in another; For When God’s Judgments Pursue Sinners, They Will Overtake Them.  Whence shall all this trouble come?  It Is A Destruction From The Almighty God Designed To Convince Men Of The Vanity And Uncertainty Of All Earthly Glory.  Let The Truth of Tyre Warn All Places And Persons To Take Heed Of Pride; For He Who Exalts Himself Shall Be Abased.  God Will Do It, Who Has All Power In His Hand; but the Chaldeans shall be the instruments.

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