April 19 – Isaiah
In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
A Prophecy Against Tyre
A prophecy against Tyre:
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
Less World, More Kingdom | Becky Newman
The prophecy against Tyre is twofold: it will lose its income and trade for 70 years (vs. 15), and it will be destroyed (vs. 1). The 70-year period likely follows the period of the Jewish exile to Babylon (605 to 535 B.C.). With the Jews gone and war and chaos all around, Tyre’s trade business was impacted and failing. The destruction of Tyre occurred later in 332 B.C. and was also prophesied by Ezekiel, Amos, and Zechariah. Verse 18 suggests that the people of Tyre did not follow God and hoarded the riches they gained off of the trade business. This did not please God, and neither did their worldly pride and fame. Verse 9 says this is the reason God carried out His judgment against them. Alexander the Great conquered Tyre in 332 B.C., and it was never rebuilt, fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 23:1 and Ezekiel 26:14.
Pride, fame, and hoarding riches do not honor You and turns our hearts away from You. This mindset is worldly, putting trust in the world rather than in You. You want humility, love, and generosity, and our reward won’t be here but in heaven. You want me to point it all to You rather than pointing it to me.
Lord, create in me a heart that pleases You, less world and more of Your Kingdom. Help me not to hoard riches or seek fame but to stay humble under You and pointing it all to You.
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