Clothed with Terror!

This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Tyre: Will not the coastlands tremble at the sound of your fall, when the wounded groan and the slaughter takes place in you? Then all the princes of the coast will step down from their thrones and lay aside their robes and take off their embroidered garments. Clothed with terror, they will sit on the ground, trembling every moment, appalled at you. Ezekiel 26:15-16

The word used in verse 15, “tremble”or “shake” carries the meaning in the original language of a loud crashing noise. The city has come crashing down and literally shakes the surrounding cities. Verse 16 tells us that all governmental activity stops – the princes exchange royal robes for garments of mourning, they are clothed with trembling and terror. The princes also sit on the ground “trembling every moment”. Sitting on the ground is an ancient sign of grief, and in this case the grief is continuous without end. Moving on the verse 17, the princes raise a death lament. Daniel Block writes that laments tend to display a metrical pattern, but that this Ezekielian dirge is disjointed and incoherent in style. This tells us that those who spoke the lament are in a heightened emotional state.

Tyre was renowned for her control of commerce on the sea. Even though this commercial overlord was known for her brutality, Tyre represented stability for maritime cities. The demise of Tyre sent shock and fear among those interconnected to her.

So what does the demise of Tyre tells us about Adonai Yahweh? Not only does it tells us that God in his judgments can cause disaster. It speaks loudly of his sovereign power. God’s sovereignty is limitless, his power has no bounds. If Yahweh shuts the door of a city or nation – it is shut! If he says they will not rise again, then it shall be so. This is not a negotiation. It is the final word from the Sovereign Judge!