Eze 27: "The record of Tyre has a peculiar relevance for our
day, for those areas in which she excelled and was the envy of the entire
ancient world are precisely the fields in which every modern nation seeks
superiority. But Tyre has a message for our age, and it is that riches without
God are unable to satisfy the heart of man and often keep many from dependence
upon God. Has not this spirit invaded the church, and does it not pervade the
lives of too many Christians?" (Const).
"Tyre had been a great support in the building of Solomon's
temple. Indeed Hiram was 'ever a lover of David' (1Ki 5:1). What had gone wrong?
Tyre had become self-centred and concerned with her own wealth. In this position
she forgot the 'brotherly covenant (Amos 1:9) and turned against Israel"
Vv 3-9: Tyre compared to a ship.
SENIR: Same as Mount Hermon (Deu 3:9): "Hermon is
called Sirion by the Sidonians; the Amorites call it Senir."
ELISHAH: Greek isles and neighboring nations.
PERSIA, LYDIA AND PUT: Cities of Mesopotamia; notice
the extent of Tyre's trade and influence.
TARSHISH (Psa 48:7) was a son of Javan (Gen 10:4); it is a
name which came to refer to the Phoenicians, a sea-faring and trading people
(hence such refs as Jon 1:3; Eze 27:12; 1Ki 9:26; 10:22; 2Ch 9:21). Tarshish = a
latter-day power: here; Eze 38:13 (where an ally of Sheba and Dedan). In Isa 23
-- a prophecy concerning Tyre, there is plainly a strong link with "the daughter
of Tarshish" and "the ships of Tarshish" (vv 1,6,10,14) -- this leads to the
reasonable conclusion that Tarshish is another name for Tyre. (The proposed
identification of Tarshish with England merely on the basis that the latter is
-- or rather was -- a significant sea power is extremely tenuous at best.) See
Cit Rev 18:13, when speaking of Babylon, as indeed is Eze
27:30. The description of Babylon in Rev is made up of OT language from the fall
of Tyre, the fall of Babylon and the overthrow of Jerusalem by the
SHIPS OF TARSHISH: "Trading ships" (NIV of Isa 60:9).
The use of "Tarshish" prob expresses type of ship, not origin (NIV: Making... pp
97,98). Cp usage in Psa 48:7; Isa 23:1,14.