Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read how Ezekiel speaks about the downfall of Tyre and Sidon. These wealthy cities are on the Mediterranean Sea. Tyre has become overcome by pride. When God gives us wisdom, wealth, and beauty we can become too proud and think it is our right to be in ourselves. The Lord says that he did not raise Israel up for his own side but to show his holiness.
Jeremiah will preach for fifty years. There are deeds that break his heart – idolatry, adultery, and apostasy. The Lord tells him that they should remember when they used to be faithful. We are told that Thieves are not ashamed when they steal but only when they are caught. This is the same when we sin and are caught sinning.
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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
4 Listen to Yahweh’s word, House of Jacob and all the families of the House of Israel.
6 They never said, “Where is Yahweh, who brought us out of Egypt and led us through the desert, through a land of plains and ravines, through a land of drought, of shadow dark as death, a land through which no one passes and where no human being lives?”
7 I brought you to a country of plenty, to enjoy its produce and good things; but when you entered you defiled my country and made my heritage loathsome.
9 So I must state my case against you once more, Yahweh declares, and state my case against your children’s children:
11 Does a nation change its gods? – and these are not gods at all! Yet my people have exchanged their Glory for the Useless One!
12 You heavens, stand aghast at this, horrified, utterly appalled, Yahweh declares.
17 Have you not brought this on yourself, by abandoning Yahweh your God, when he was guiding you on your way?
19 Your wickedness will bring its own punishment, your infidelities will bring you to book, so give thought and see how evil and bitter it is to abandon Yahweh your God and not to stand in awe of me, the Lord Yahweh Sabaoth declares.
20 ‘It is long ago now since you broke your yoke, burst your bonds and said, “I will not serve!” Yet on every high hill and under every green tree you have sprawled and played the whore.
24 A wild she-donkey, at home in the desert, snuffing the breeze in desire; who can control her when she is on heat? Males need not trouble to look for her, they will find her in her month.
25 Beware! Your own foot will go unshod, your own throat grow dry! But you said, “It is no use! No! For I love the Strangers and they are the ones I shall follow.”
26 ‘Like a thief ashamed at being caught, so will the House of Israel be: they, their kings, their chief men, their priests and their prophets,
29 Why make out a case against me? You have all rebelled against me, Yahweh declares.
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
2 ‘Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, “The Lord Yahweh says this: Because your heart has grown proud, you thought: I am a god; I am divinely enthroned far out to sea. Though you are human, not divine, you have allowed yourself to think like God.
4 By your wisdom and your intelligence you have made yourself a fortune, you have put gold and silver into your treasuries.
9 Will you still think: I am a god, when your slaughterers confront you? But you will be human, not divine, in the clutches of the ones who strike you down!
11 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
13 you were in Eden, in the garden of God. All kinds of gem formed your mantle: sard, topaz, diamond, chrysolite, onyx, jasper, sapphire, garnet, emerald, and your ear-pendants and spangles were made of gold; all was ready on the day you were created.
17 Your heart has grown proud because of your beauty, your wisdom has been corrupted by your splendour. I have thrown you to the ground; I have made you a spectacle for kings.
18 By the immense number of your crimes, by the dishonesty of your trading, you have defiled your sanctuary. So I have brought fire out of you to devour you; I have reduced you to ashes on the ground before the eyes of all who saw you.
20 The word of Yahweh was addressed to me as follows,
21 ‘Son of man, turn towards Sidon and prophesy against her.
24 “No more, for the House of Israel, shall any of the hostile nations surrounding them be a thorn that wounds or a briar that tears; and they will know that I am Yahweh.
25 “The Lord Yahweh says this: When I gather the House of Israel back from the peoples where they are dispersed, I shall display my glory in them for the nations to see. They will live on the soil which I gave to my servant Jacob.
26 They will live there in confidence, build houses, plant vineyards. They will live in safety, once I inflict punishments on all the hostile nations surrounding them, and they will know that I am Yahweh their God.” ‘
9 Fools mock at the sacrifice for sin, but favour resides among the honest.