Monday of the Fifth Week in Easter, Year B
Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter. Click on the image.
The ancient seaport city of Tyre in Phoenicia is targeted for destruction due to its wanton pride and arrogance. It was located on an island just off the northeastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Its power had stretched as far as Spain in the West, to Mesopotamia, the region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in the East. A long list of cities is included, such as Tarshish in Spain, cities under the sway of this ancient kingdom. Though many of these cities cannot be identified any longer, the cumulative effect of the list is designed to have us feel the extent of this ancient maritime power.
Nebuchadnezzar laid a thirteen-year siege of Tyre from about 587-574 BC. Ezekiel sees this as a consequence of the power that Phoenicia wielded from its arrogant king whom Ezekiel denounces. This phrase appears twice: “You set your heart as the heart of a god.” Thus passes the glory of the world. Only those connected to the Word of God will live forever.
Mondays are dedicated to the Prophets.
During the Easter Season, we read Ezekiel.
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