Yechezk'el (Ezekiel) Chapter 27

This chapter continues the prophecy against Tzor (Tyre), which began in chapter 26.

Yechezk'el 27:1-25 Moreover, the word of the L-RD came to me saying, "And you, son of man, take up a lamentation over Tzor (Tyre); and say to Tzor (Tyre), who dwells at the entrance to the sea, merchant of the peoples to many coastlands,' Thus says the L-rd G-D,"O Tzor (Tyre), you have said, 'I am perfect in beauty.' "Your borders are in the heart of the seas; your builders have perfected your beauty. "They have made all your planks of fir trees from S'nir (Senir); they have taken a cedar from L'vanon (Lebanon) to make a mast for you. "Of oaks from Bashan they have made your oars; with ivory they have inlaid your deck of boxwood from the coastlands of Kittim (Cyprus). "Your sail was of fine embroidered linen from Egypt So that it became your distinguishing mark; your awning was blue and purple from the coastlands of Elishah. "The inhabitants of Tzidon (Sidon) and Arvad were your rowers; your wise men, O Tzor (Tyre), were aboard; they were your pilots. "The elders of G'val (Gebal) and her wise men were with you repairing your seams; all the ships of the sea and their sailors were with you in order to deal in your merchandise. "Paras (Persia) and Lud and Put were in your army, your men of war. They hung shield and helmet in you; they set forth your splendor. "The sons of Arvad and your army were on your walls, all around, and the Gammadim were in your towers. They hung their shields on your walls, all around; they perfected your beauty. "Tarshish was your customer because of the abundance of all kinds of wealth; with silver, iron, tin, and lead, they paid for your wares. "Greece (Javan), Tuval (Tubal), and Meshekh (Meshech), they were your traders; with the lives of men and vessels of bronze they paid for your merchandise. "Those from Togarmah (Beth-togarmah) gave horses and war horses and mules for your wares. "The sons of D'dan (Dedan) were your traders. Many coastlands were your market; ivory tusks and ebony they brought as your payment. "Aram was your customer because of the abundance of your goods; they paid for your wares with emeralds, purple, embroidered work, fine linen, coral, and rubies. "Y'hudah and the land of Israel, they were your traders; with the wheat of Minnith, millet (cakes), honey, oil, and resin for healing (balm) they paid for your merchandise. "Dammesek (Damascus) was your customer because of the abundance of your goods, because of the abundance of all kinds of wealth, because of the wine of Helbon and white wool. "V'dan (Vedan) and Yavan (Javan) paid for your wares from Uzal; wrought iron, cassia, and sweet cane were among your merchandise. "D'dan (Dedan) traded with you in saddlecloths for riding. "Arabia and all the princes of K'dar (Kedar), they were your customers for lambs, rams, and goats; for these they were your customers. "The traders of Sh'va (Sheba) and Ra'mah (Raamah), they traded with you; they paid for your wares with the best of all kinds of spices, and with all kinds of precious stones, and gold. "Haran, Kaneh (Canneh), Eden, the traders of Sh'va (Sheba), Ashur (Asshur), and Kilmad (Chilmad) traded with you. "They traded with you in choice garments, in clothes of blue and embroidered work, and in carpets of many colors, and tightly wound cords, which were among your merchandise. "The ships of Tarshish were the carriers for your merchandise. And you were filled and were very glorious in the heart of the seas.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Hay - breath, spirit of G-d.

Tzor (Tyre) was filled with luxury and let materialism rule over her. It is all right to have possessions but don't let them over take you. Watch out for materialism. It does not satisfy and is meaningless and striving after wind. Only Yeshua satisfies in the end.

Here is what Shlomo (Solomon) said about it.

Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) 2:4-11 I enlarged my works: I built houses for myself, I planted vineyards for myself; I made gardens and parks for myself, and I planted in them all kinds of fruit trees; I made ponds of water for myself from which to irrigate a forest of growing trees. I bought male and female slaves, and I had home born slaves. Also I possessed flocks and herds larger than all who preceded me in Yerushalayim. Also, I collected for myself silver and gold, and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself male and female singers and the pleasures of men-- many concubines. Then I became great and increased more than all who preceded me in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). My wisdom also stood by me. And all that my eyes desired I did not refuse them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart was pleased because of all my labor and this was my reward for all my labor. Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and look all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.

It is hard for rich men to enter the kingdom of heaven because the cares of the world take over their hearts. Yeshua said for us to store up our treasures in heaven. Where your treasure is there your heart will be. The pride of life and greed is of the world. Those who are friends with the world make himself an enemy of HaShem. If you are in the will of the L-rd and you are following the spirit sometimes you will get criticism from others. You may have to give up the pride of position, power, or fame. Don't let it get to you. All that matters is what the L-rd thinks about what you are doing. Money isn't everything. Man cannot live on bread alone but by the word of G-d.

Y'hoshua (Joshua) 24:14-15 "Now, therefore, fear the L-RD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the L-RD. And if it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the L-RD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the L-RD."

I made a vow to serve the L-rd. I do this regardless of the cost. I am a slave to Messiah Yeshua.

D'varim (Deuteronomy) 10:17-22 For the L-RD your G-d is the G-d of gods and the L-rd of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome G-d who does not show partiality, nor take a bribe. He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the foreigner by giving him food and clothing. So show your love for the foreigner, for you were foreigner s in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the L-RD your G-d; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name. He is your praise and He is your G-d, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen. Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the L-RD your G-d has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.

My life is no longer my own. If I live, I live for Messiah. If I can't serve Him I might as well go home. This is where our hearts should be. Sometimes other things get in the way.