Isaiah 23* The overthrow of Tyre. (1-14) It is established again. (15-18)1-14 Tyre was the mart of the nations. She was noted for mirthand diversions; and this made her loth to consider the warningsGod gave by his servants. Her merchants were princes, and livedlike princes. Tyre being destroyed and laid waste, the merchantsshould abandon her. Flee to shift for thine own safety; butthose that are uneasy in one place, will be so in another; forwhen God's judgments pursue sinners, they will overtake them.Whence shall all this trouble come? It is a destruction from theAlmighty. God designed to convince men of the vanity anduncertainty of all earthly glory. Let the ruin of Tyre warn allplaces and persons to take heed of pride; for he who exaltshimself shall be abased. God will do it, who has all power inhis hand; but the Chaldeans shall be the instruments. 15-18 The desolations of Tyre were not to be for ever. The Lordwill visit Tyre in mercy. But when set at liberty, she will useher old arts of temptation. The love of worldly wealth isspiritual idolatry; and covetousness is spiritual idolatry. Thisdirects those that have wealth, to use it in the service of God.When we abide with God in our worldly callings, when we do allin our power to further the gospel, then our merchandise andhire are holiness to the Lord, if we look to his glory.Christians should carry on business as God's servants, and useriches as his stewards.
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