September 4, 2015
Tyre was a prosperous beautiful ancient city. The people of Tyre mastered the seas and the city/nation prospered. Other nations and cities traded goods with them. Their fame rose; their wealth increased; their arrogance blossomed. Believing themselves to be impregnable because of the surrounding sea, Tyre boasted of their wealth and security. Tyre cheered when Jerusalem fell and because of that pride Tyre is punished. The heart of God includes sorrow even in the face of punishment. While there are times that we read of God’s intense wrath, we also read of his displeasure in bringing punishment. Jerusalem was to be punished, but God’s heart loved Jerusalem. He promised to restore it and his people. When the surrounding nations found pleasure in Jerusalem’s destruction, God turned his attention to correcting their arrogance and pride. There are times that we want to see evil punished, but even as we want to see justice, we also with God’s heart want repentance. We get no delight in watching the evil punished. Instead we continue to pray for those who come under the judgment of God.