the song of the prostitute

April 2015 (3)

Isaiah 23:12-18

12 And he said, “You will not keep on gloating, crushed one, virgin daughter of Sidon. Get up, cross through Cyprus! There will be no rest for you even there.” 13 Look, the land of the Chaldeans! It was this people! It was not Assyria. They destined it for wild animals. They erected its siege towers; they demolished its citadel fortresses. It made her like a ruin. 14 Wail, ships of Tarshish! Because your fortress is destroyed. 15 And this will happen on that day: And Tyre is forgotten seventy years, like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years, it will be for Tyre like the song of the prostitute: 16 “Take a harp, go around the city, forgotten prostitute! Do well, playing a stringed instrument! Make many songs, so that you will be remembered.” 17 And this will happen: at the end of seventy years, Yahveh will visit Tyre, and she will return to her harlot’s wages, and she will commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the land. 18 And this will happen: her merchandise and her harlot’s wages is set apart for Yahveh; it will not be stored up, and it will not be hoarded, but her merchandise will be for those who live before the face of Yahveh, for eating to fullness and for fine clothing.

the song of the prostitute

Tyre was destroyed, and abandoned for seventy years as Isaiah predicted. He also predicted that she would return to her status of economic greatness, but that her wealth would be “for those who live before the face of Yahveh.” Eusebius and Jerome testify that, centuries after Tyre’s destruction, she had been rebuilt and was once again a profitable port city. And many of the people who benefited from that wealth were the Christian citizens of Tyre.

Isaiah’s picture of the city as a prostitute who goes around singing many songs speaks to how the city would be viewed after her downfall. She had made her living from the lusts of the nations around her. After her downfall, she was forgotten by them.

There are many today whose only goal is what they can get from others. They might acknowledge that God exists, but they do not live before his face. They may even profit from their exploitation of others. But God’s word to them is that the day is coming when that relationship will cease.

The believer has chosen a different purpose. The believer seeks a relationship with God through Christ first and foremost. Nothing can separate the believer from his Lord. Anything can happen, but nothing will ever leave the believer without hope or without God.

LORD, we know you will remember us, no matter what.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at -- !
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