Isaiah 23

Today's Passage: Isaiah 23

Through God’s judgment comes redemption.

During this time, Tyre was successful port city. Verse 3 even describes it as “the merchant of the nations.” But then, Tyre starts to downfall. The sea is sad about the downfall of Tyre (v. 4), and even the Egyptians hear about Tyre’s downfall and are in anguish (v. 5). Then, verse 8 gives us a question: Who has purposed this against Tyre? It’s a successful city, why would someone want it to downfall?

Our question is answered in verse 9: The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to defile the pompous pride of all glory, to dishonor all the honored on earth. The Lord saw the pride of Tyre and decided to humble them.

Here is what is cool though: Through God’s judgment comes redemption. Verse 18 says: Her (Tyre) merchandise and her wages will be holy to the Lord. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the Lord.

Tyre’s destruction happened because of pride, their redemption came through humility and giving to the Lord.  

For us: Through God’s judgment comes redemption. Isaiah 23 should remind us of the cross. God’s judgment poured out on His Son so that we may experience redemption. The price had to be paid and Jesus paid it all – and because of that, all to Him we owe.

Written By: Brice Stockton

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