because Tyre has said of Jerusalem, ‘Aha! The gate to the nations is broken, and its doors have swung open to me; now that she lies in ruins I will prosper,’ therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against you, Tyre, and I will bring many nations against you, like the sea casting up its waves. They will destroy the walls of Tyre and pull down her towers; I will scrape away her rubble and make her a bare rock. Ezekiel 26:2-4
Isaiah also prophesied against Tyre in Isaiah chapter 23. In Edward J. Young extensive commentary on Isaiah, he actually lists out all the nations that comes against Tyre, which rings true to the prophecy, however there are two that stand out. Nebuchadnezzar besieged Tyre for 13 years and finally conquered it in 572 B.C. But the final destruction of the island came about when Alexander the Great attacked Tyre in 332 B.C. Because Tyre was an island, Alexander had to build a stone castaway all the way out to the island. This final defeat was devastating. Alexander hanged 2000 of the city’s leaders and sold 30,000 Tyrians into slavery. After this, there was nothing of this previously wealthy maritime city left but a bare rock – just as the judgment proclaims.
What does this tell us? It tells us that no city, nation or people can defy God. Adonai lifts up and tears down as he chooses. This was God’s justice against a wicked city. But let’s go back to the repeated use of the word, “Adonai”. We have said this means owner, so God claims ownership of everything in the earth, including us. But this also means responsibility. An owner takes responsibility for what he or she owns. Remember how the chapter begins. God is against Tyre because of their attitude toward Jerusalem. Tyre wanted to prosper in the midst of the ruins of Jerusalem. Joel 3 says of Tyre, “For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.” (vs. 5-6) The reason the judgment against Tyre is so personal to God is because of what the Tyrians have done to his people.