And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.Isaiah 23:15-16
Isaiah describes the time after the end of downfall and judgement of Tyre. He says “that Tyre would be forgotten 70 years.” For 70 years, Tyre will be a shadow of its former self. The picture offered for this is a vivid one. Tyre will be like a harlot who has been aged and used up by the consequences of her profession. She returns by finding a way to get a hearing and provide a service for her former clientele that they will want.
She is commended to “Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten.” Instead of offering her body she is now offering her voice and song. Why? The purpose is “that thou mayest be remembered.”
We are seeing here God setting up Tyre to be used to bring Him honor. We’ll see that in the coming verses. He can do this because He is sovereign.
During this time people thought of deities as being tied to peoples and nations. The further you got from the peoples and nations the less powerful the deities would be. In this text we see Jehovah God being different than those other “gods.” Of course we know that He is different because He is the One and True God. But He is also contrasted here because He is equally omnipotent everywhere. He is both omnipresent and omnipotent. He is orchestrating history to bring about His purposes and His plans, and all the nations of the earth are accountable to Him, not just Israel. Tyre, like all cities and nations, is accountable to Jehovah God. The same is true of our country. We must pray for our nation to Honor God.
• Are you honoring God individually and in your family? If our families do not honor God then our nation will not honor him.
• Take some time today to pray that our country would honor God and that those far from Him would return to Him.