5 When news gets to Egypt, they will be in anguish at the news of Tyre. 6 Cross over to Tarshish! Wail, coast inhabitants! 7 Is this your proud one — her origin from the days of long ago? Her feet brought her to live far away as an alien. 8 Who has planned this against Tyre, the crown installer whose merchants were princes, her traders — honored ones of the land? 9 Yahveh of armies has planned it: to tarnish the pride of all glory, to humble all the honored ones of the land. 10 Cross over your land like the Nile, daughter of Tarshish; there is no longer a barrier. 11 He has stretched his hand out over the sea; he has made kingdoms shake. Yahveh has given order concerning Canaan to destroy her fortresses.
the crown installer
Why would Egypt and all the honored ones of the land be afraid and humbled by Tyre’s downfall? Part of it is that Tyre had accomplished so much. She had grown to control so much of the trade in the biblical lands that she was known as the installer of crowns – deciding who rules where. So, the news of her destruction by the Babylonians has all the others kings worried. Of course, they are worried about Babylon too. They should be worried about the invisible hand that is moving the armies of Babylon. That invisible hand does not belong to Nebuchadnezzar. It belongs to Yahveh.
In my weaker moments, I see all the famous, powerful people being brought down, and I begin to worry about whether I will stand or not. In a sense, I find myself like the leaders of those other lands, watching the powerful Tyre getting the boot. It’s only reasonable to start thinking “Am I next?”
All life, all success, and all accomplishment is empty unless it is aligned with the purposes of God. Even the great superpowers of Isaiah’s day were helpless to prevent their destruction if God willed it. Since that it true, it makes sense to seek to fulfill the purpose of God with my life. Seeking to simply obey the commands of Christ can bring stability when the dominoes all around me are falling.
LORD, we choose not to look to the powers of the land for our stability, because they cannot withstand your will. We look to you. We seek to follow your words as our foundation, because only that can withstand the storm.