This reflection on pride in the Bible teaches us how God works with the pride of man and the security that he has in himself. Teaching discipline to those who love, so that after the process has fruits of justice.
Pride and Fall of Shooting
1 A prophecy against Tyre:
Wail, you ships of Tarshish!
For Tyre is destroyed
and left without house or harbor.
From the land of Cyprus
word has come to them.
2 Be silent, you people of the island
and you merchants of Sidon,
whom the seafarers have enriched.
3 On the great waters
came the grain of the Shihor;
the harvest of the Nile was the revenue of Tyre,
and she became the marketplace of the nations.
4 Be ashamed, Sidon, and you fortress of the sea,
for the sea has spoken:
“I have neither been in labor nor given birth;
I have neither reared sons nor brought up daughters.”
5 When word comes to Egypt,
they will be in anguish at the report from Tyre.
6 Cross over to Tarshish;
wail, you people of the island.
7 Is this your city of revelry,
the old, old city,
whose feet have taken her
to settle in far-off lands?
8 Who planned this against Tyre,
the bestower of crowns,
whose merchants are princes,
whose traders are renowned in the earth?
9 The Lord Almighty planned it,
to bring down her pride in all her splendor
and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.
10 Till your land as they do along the Nile,
for you no longer have a harbor.
11 The Lord has stretched out his hand over the sea
and made its kingdoms tremble.
He has given an order concerning Phoenicia
that her fortresses be destroyed.
12 He said, “No more of your reveling,
Virgin Daughter Sidon, now crushed!
“Up, cross over to Cyprus;
even there you will find no rest.”
13 Look at the land of the Babylonians,
this people that is now of no account!
The Assyrians have made it
a place for desert creatures;
they raised up their siege towers,
they stripped its fortresses bare
and turned it into a ruin.
14 Wail, you ships of Tarshish;
your fortress is destroyed!
God returns to restore Tire
15 At that time Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, the span of a king’s life. But at the end of these seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:
16 “Take up a harp, walk through the city,
you forgotten prostitute;
play the harp well, sing many a song,
so that you will be remembered.”
17 At the end of seventy years, the Lord will deal with Tyre. She will return to her lucrative prostitution and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth.
18 Yet her profit and her earnings will be set apart for the Lord; they will not be stored up or hoarded. Her profits will go to those who live before the Lord, for abundant food and fine clothes. (Isaiah 23) New International Version.
First, the Bible teaches how the Phoenician city of Tire had its confidence in itself and in its commercial activity. Therefore, this was one of the most prosperous cities of the ancient world, its merchants were very important people and its port the most developed in maritime trade. As the word teaches, besides that they traded their merchandise throughout the world (Is 23:3), they had an important trading partner like Egypt (Is 23:5). They also established important colonies in different places, one of their colonies was Tarsis (Is 23:7), city with important seaport. But perhaps, the reason why this city felt very safe, was because it was protected from great walls and the sea surrounded it.
Pride is Brought Down
So as a result of his pride, God uses a man named Alexander the Great, a young Emperor and wanting to conquer, to penetrate that fortress of which they felt proud. Therefore, this shows us the sovereignty of God above all things and how he has used rulers to carry out what he has said by his word. The most relevant thing is that Alexander the Great ordered an artificial isthmus (a land bridge) that connects the island of Tire with the mainland, as they were approximately 700 meters apart from one side to the other.
Finally, after 7 months the island of Tire was taken by the Macedonians and destroyed. So, as it is written in the word of the Lord, after 70 years (Is 23:17), which is the average life of the human being, when Alexander the Great died. Then in this way, the times of God would be fulfilled and he would visit Tire to restore his commercial activity with the nations (Is 23:17). But this time, all those gains and confidence that they had before, would be placed in God (Is 23:18 ).
Biblical Reflection About Pride
First of all, God wants to teach us in this reflection of the word, how he has to work on the pride of man. Therefore, the bible says: “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled (Luke 14:11).” So it is necessary that God often has to act in our lives and teach us humility in the way we do not like, as happened with the city of Tire. So then, that altives and confidence in ourselves, in our own capacities and in what we have will be removed, so that when the Lord rewards our trust, it is grounded in Him and not outside Him.
In conclusion, this reflection teaches how the Lord destroys, but also rebuilds, and removes what is not good for us, to build what comes from Him for our lives.
Just as the city of Tire was disciplined by God and learned in the process to leave their pride, so we will also be disciplined to bear fruit to the Lord.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby (He 12:11).