Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Ezek. 26:15-28:16; 2 Kgs. 25:3-7; Jer. 39:2-10; 52:6-11


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Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Six

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. The fall of Tyre foreshadows the fall of a future world commercial power (Ezek. 26:15-18; Rev. 18).
  2. The fall of Tyre recalls the fall of two past world commercial powers (Ezek. 26:19-21).
    1. The antediluvian world (Gen. 4:17-24; 6:14).
    2. The angelic world (Isa. 14:15-21; Ezek. 28:18-19).

Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Seven

  1. Chapter 27 sings the song of the Ship of Tyre.
  2. The song is a lament based upon the sadness of Tyre’s own words (Ezek. 27:3).
  3. The beautiful ship is described (Ezek. 27:4-11).
  4. Her customers are detailed (Ezek. 27:12-25).
  5. The ship is sunk (Ezek. 27:26-36).
  6. Every nation weeps and laments.  They ask “who is like Tyre” (v.32), when they should be asking “who is like the Lord?” (Ex. 15:11).  This, too, is a foreshadowing of future pride to come (Rev. 13:4; 18:9ff.).

Ezekiel Chapter Twenty-Eight

  1. The addressee for this message cannot be confused with the following message.  
    1. The addressee here is identified as negiyd tsor  לִנְגִיד צֹר (Ezek. 28:2).
    2. The addressee in the following message is identified as melek tsowr מֶלֶךְ צוֹר (Ezek. 28:12).
  2. The Prince of Tyre (negiyd tsor) is the human ruler of Tyre (Ethbaal III), but the King of Tyre (melek tsowr) is the true ruler (Satan) (Jn. 12:31; 14:30; 16:11; 1st Jn. 5:19; Dan. 10:13,20,21; 12:1).
  3. The human ruler of Tyre had lifted up his heart and made his heart like the heart of God (Ezek. 28:2,6).
  4. The human ruler of Tyre believed that he was a god, controlling events in the world around him.  His view of himself was as an antediluvian god-king ruling in the “heart of the seas.”
  5. In the following message, the true power behind the human power is unveiled, and the rebuke of Satan is expressed.
    1. Like Isaiah 14, the prophet looks beyond the human realm and sees the reality of the angelic realm in the details of Satan’s fall.
    2. The recipient of this lament cannot be a human being because:
      1. Adam & Eve were the only human beings to be in the Adamic Garden of Eden (Ezek. 28:13a).
      2. Human beings are not covered in jewels (Ezek. 28:13b).
      3. Human beings are born, not created (Ezek. 28:13c).
      4. He is called a cherub angel (Ezek. 28:14).
      5. He went from a blameless condition to an unrighteous condition (Ezek. 28:15).  In the history of the human race, only Adam & Eve experienced a fall from blamelessness to unrighteousness.  Every other human being from Cain onward began their lives totally depraved.
    3. Like the human ruler he influenced, Satan’s heart was lifted up, and he viewed himself as being a god (Ezek. 28:16-19).
  6. The Tyre section concludes with a message to her sister city Sidon (Ezek. 28:20-24).
  7. Tyre & Sidon’s discipline results in knowledge of the Lord (Ezek. 26:6; 28:22-24).

Second Kings Chapter Twenty-Five

(Outline continues from Day 239)

  1. Zedekiah was captured while attempting to flee (2nd Kgs. 25:4-7).
    1. Ezekiel prophesied this escape attempt (Ezek. 12:5-13).
    2. Zedekiah will be taken to Babylon, yet he will not see it.

(Chapter Twenty-Five continues tomorrow)

Jeremiah Chapter Thirty-Nine

  1. Chapter 39 details the fall of Jerusalem.  It parallels Chapter 52, 2nd Kgs. 25 & 2nd Chr. 36.  The prophet Ezekiel also gave witness to this event (Ezek. 24:1-2).
  2. The walls are breached on July 18th, 586BC.
  3. Nebuchadnezzar’s generals established judicial sovereignty in the city (Jer. 39:3).
  4. Zedekiah attempts to flee, but is caught and imprisoned according to prophecy (Jer. 39:4-10; Ezek. 12:12-14).
  5. Those who voluntarily surrendered into Babylonian custody (considered deserters by their fellow Jews) were taken into captivity (Jer. 39:9), while the most destitute were left as caretakers of the land (v.10).

(Chapter Thirty-Nine continues tomorrow)

Jeremiah Chapter Fifty-Two

(Outline continues from Day 239)

  1. The gate between the walls allowed for an attempted escape despite the surrounding armies (Jer. 52:7).
  2. The execution of the line of Zedekiah (Jer. 52:10-11) combined with the curse on the line of Coniah/Jeconiah/Jehoiachin (Jer. 22:24-30) brings the Book of Jeremiah to close with a significant concern for the Davidic Covenant (2nd Sam. 7:16).

(Chapter Fifty-Two continues tomorrow)