Can you be trusted? Who can you trust?

Where do you put your trust?


Is it in someone or something that will last? Is it in someone or something that is reliable? Are you sure? What if you put your trust in something and then it turns out that it wasn’t as long lasting or reliable as you thought? If it isn’t in God, then you are running the risk that it is just a matter of time before you will be let down. Are you putting your trust in money? Are you putting your trust in stuff? Are you putting your trust in government? Are you putting your trust in a country? Are you putting your trust in …


Today’s reading starts talking about a place that many had put their trust in…

A Funeral Song for Tyre

1The Lord said to me, 2“Mortal man, sing a funeral song for Tyre, 3that city which stands at the edge of the sea and does business with the people living on every seacoast. Tell her what the Sovereign Lord is saying:
“Tyre, you boasted of your perfect beauty. 4Your home is the sea. Your builders made you like a beautiful ship; 5They used fir trees from Mount Hermon for timber And a cedar from Lebanon for your mast. 6They took oak trees from Bashan to make oars; They made your deck out of pine from Cyprus And inlaid it with ivory. 7Your sails were made of linen, Embroidered linen from Egypt, Easily recognized from afar. Your awnings were made of finest cloth, Of purple from the island of Cyprus. 8Your oarsmen were from the cities of Sidon and Arvad. Your own skillful men were the sailors. 9The ship’s carpenters Were well-trained men from Byblos. Sailors from every seagoing ship Did business in your shops. 10“Soldiers from Persia, Lydia, and Libya served in your army. They hung their shields and their helmets in your barracks. They are the men who won glory for you. 11Soldiers from Arvad guarded your walls, and troops from Gamad guarded your towers. They hung their shields on your walls. They are the ones who made you beautiful. 12“You did business in Spain and took silver, iron, tin, and lead in payment for your abundant goods. 13You did business in Greece, Tubal, and Meshech and traded your goods for slaves and for articles of bronze. 14You sold your goods for workhorses, war-horses, and mules from Beth Togarmah. 15The people of Rhodes traded with you; people of many coastal lands gave you ivory and ebony in exchange for your goods. 16The people of Syria bought your merchandise and your many products. They gave emeralds, purple cloth, embroidery, fine linen, coral, and rubies in payment for your wares. 17Judah and Israel paid for your goods with wheat, honey, olive oil, and spices. 18-19The people of Damascus bought your merchandise and your products, paying for them with wine from Helbon and wool from Sahar. They traded wrought iron and spices for your goods. 20The people of Dedan traded saddle blankets for your goods. 21The Arabians and the rulers of the land of Kedar paid for your merchandise with lambs, sheep, and goats. 22For your goods the merchants of Sheba and Raamah traded jewels, gold, and the finest spices. 23The cities of Haran, Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, the cities of Asshur and Chilmad—they all traded with you. 24They sold you luxurious clothing, purple cloth, and embroidery, brightly colored carpets, and well-made cords and ropes. 25 Your merchandise was carried in fleets of the largest cargo ships. “You were like a ship at sea Loaded with heavy cargo. 26When your oarsmen brought you out to sea, An east wind wrecked you far from land. 27All your wealth of merchandise, All the sailors in your crew, Your ship’s carpenters and your merchants, Every soldier on board the ship—All, all were lost at sea When your ship was wrecked. 28The shouts of the drowning sailors Echoed on the shore. 29“Every ship is now deserted, And every sailor has gone ashore. 30They all mourn bitterly for you, Throwing dust on their heads and rolling in ashes. 31They shave their heads for you And dress themselves in sackcloth. Their hearts are bitter as they weep.
32They chant a funeral song for you: ‘Who can be compared to Tyre, To Tyre now silent in the sea? 33When your merchandise went overseas, You filled the needs of every nation. Kings were made rich By the wealth of your goods. 34Now you are wrecked in the sea; You have sunk to the ocean depths. Your goods and all who worked for you Have vanished with you in the sea.’
35“Everyone who lives along the coast is shocked at your fate. Even their kings are terrified, and fear is written on their faces. 36You are gone, gone forever, and merchants all over the world are terrified, afraid that they will share your fate.”
–from Ezekiel 27
If you are putting your trust in someone or something or some place that is so proud of themselves, be careful! If you are walking out of alignment with God or they are, be careful! If you are raising yourself up rather than serving others in alignment with God’s command and will, be careful! Pride comes before the fall! God raised and God tears down! If you aren’t walking with God, you are walking away from Him and putting yourself at risk. How do you want to be judged? Have you received Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Is there anything holding you back from making that commitment? What would it take? What will it take to change your mind and get your heart? It’s all a matter of the heart! Will you invite Jesus into yours?

Prophecy against the King of Tyre

1The Lord spoke to me. 2“Mortal man,” he said, “tell the ruler of Tyre what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying to him: Puffed up with pride, you claim to be a god. You say that like a god you sit on a throne, surrounded by the seas. You may pretend to be a god, but, no, you are mortal, not divine. 3You think you are wiser than Danel, that no secret can be kept from you. 4Your wisdom and skill made you rich with treasures of gold and silver. 5You made clever business deals and kept on making profits. How proud you are of your wealth! 6“Now then, this is what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying: Because you think you are as wise as a god, 7I will bring ruthless enemies to attack you. They will destroy all the beautiful things you have acquired by skill and wisdom. 8They will kill you and send you to a watery grave. 9When they come to kill you, will you still claim that you are a god? When you face your murderers, you will be mortal and not at all divine. 10You will die like a dog at the hand of godless foreigners. I, the Sovereign Lord, have given the command.”

The Fall of the King of Tyre

11The Lord spoke to me again. 12“Mortal man,” he said, “grieve for the fate that is waiting for the king of Tyre. Tell him what I, the Sovereign Lord, am saying: You were once an example of perfection. How wise and handsome you were! 13You lived in Eden, the garden of God, and wore gems of every kind: rubies and diamonds; topaz, beryl, carnelian, and jasper; sapphires, emeralds, and garnets. You had ornaments of gold. They were made for you on the day you were created. 14I put a terrifying angel there to guard you. You lived on my holy mountain and walked among sparkling gems. 15Your conduct was perfect from the day you were created until you began to do evil. 16You were busy buying and selling, and this led you to violence and sin. So I forced you to leave my holy mountain, and the angel who guarded you drove you away from the sparkling gems. 17You were proud of being handsome, and your fame made you act like a fool. Because of this I hurled you to the ground and left you as a warning to other kings. 18You did such evil in buying and selling that your places of worship were corrupted. So I set fire to the city and burned it to the ground. All who look at you now see you reduced to ashes. 19You are gone, gone forever, and all the nations that had come to know you are terrified, afraid that they will share your fate.”

Prophecy against Sidon

20The Lord said to me, 21“Mortal man, denounce the city of Sidon. 22Tell the people there what I, the Sovereign Lord, say about them: I am your enemy, Sidon; people will praise me because of what I do to you. They will know that I am the Lord, when I show how holy I am by punishing those who live in you. 23I will send diseases on you and make blood flow in your streets. You will be attacked from every side, and your people will be killed. Then you will know that I am the Lord.”

Israel Will Be Blessed

24The Lord said, “None of the surrounding nations that treated Israel with scorn will ever again be like thorns and briers to hurt Israel. And they will know that I am the Sovereign Lord.” 25The Sovereign Lord said, “I will bring back the people of Israel from the nations where I scattered them, and all the nations will know that I am holy. The people of Israel will live in their own land, the land that I gave to my servant Jacob. 26They will live there in safety. They will build houses and plant vineyards. I will punish all their neighbors who treated them with scorn, and Israel will be secure. Then they will know that I am the Lord their God.”
–from Ezekiel 28
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