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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!

Isaiah 23

A Prophecy Against Tyre

A prophecy against Tyre:
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
    For Tyre is destroyed
    and left without house or harbor.
From the land of Cyprus
    word has come to them.
Be silent, you people of the island
    and you merchants of Sidon,
    whom the seafarers have enriched.
On the great waters
    came the grain of the Shihor;
the harvest of the Nile was the revenue of Tyre,
    and she became the marketplace of the nations.
Be ashamed, Sidon, and you fortress of the sea,
    for the sea has spoken:
“I have neither been in labor nor given birth;
    I have neither reared sons nor brought up daughters.”
When word comes to Egypt,
    they will be in anguish at the report from Tyre.
Cross over to Tarshish;
    wail, you people of the island.
Is this your city of revelry,
    the old, old city,
whose feet have taken her
    to settle in far-off lands?
Who planned this against Tyre,
    the bestower of crowns,
whose merchants are princes,
    whose traders are renowned in the earth?
The Lord Almighty planned it,
    to bring down her pride in all her splendor
    and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.
10 Till your land as they do along the Nile,
    Daughter Tarshish,
    for you no longer have a harbor.
11 The Lord has stretched out his hand over the sea
    and made its kingdoms tremble.
He has given an order concerning Phoenicia
    that her fortresses be destroyed.
12 He said, “No more of your reveling,
    Virgin Daughter Sidon, now crushed!
“Up, cross over to Cyprus;
    even there you will find no rest.”
13 Look at the land of the Babylonians,
    this people that is now of no account!
The Assyrians have made it
    a place for desert creatures;
they raised up their siege towers,
    they stripped its fortresses bare
    and turned it into a ruin.
14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish;
    your fortress is destroyed!
15 At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king’s life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:
16 “Take up a harp, walk through the city,
    you forgotten prostitute;
play the harp well, sing many a song,
    so that you will be remembered.”
17 At the end of seventy years, the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her lucrative prostitution and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. 18 Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord; they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the Lord, for abundant food and fine clothes.

SOAP Note

Less World, More Kingdom | Becky Newman

Scripture

Isaiah 23:9

Observation

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.

Application

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.

Prayer

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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