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In Ezekiel 26, he says:

For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: From the north I am going to bring against Tyre Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, king of kings, with horses and chariots, with horsemen and a great army.

Ezekiel 26:7

Tyre was a city in modern-day Lebanon that, in times past, had been friendly with Israel, but now that Jerusalem has been destroyed, Tyre is rejoicing because they will profit materially from its destruction.

As a result of this, though, we see that God is moving upon the king of Babylon to bring him against Tyre.

So what is the significance of this? Throughout the prophecies, we see God primarily speaking to Israel, to his people. He calls them to repentance, back to himself, which is right given that he has made a covenant with them. God is their God and they are his people.

But God’s reach goes beyond that of the people of Israel. God is the God of the entire world. The one true, and only, God. He is able to direct events throughout the entire world, moving the kings and the peoples to affect history, to raise up nations and bring them down. As the creator of the entire world, we see that God is also sovereignly moving to direct its path.

So if that is true, then God is sovereign over all things, and he is the one who is able to bring change, just as we see him doing here is this situation with the kingdom of Babylon and the nation of Tyre.

And yet he also calls upon us to participate with him. He wants us to ask him for change, for his kingdom to come. He wants us to participate with him in giving his message of redemption and reconciliation from him to others. So we are invited to work alongside of the one and only sovereign God who has the power to change world events.

As his people, we are called to call upon God for change. We need to look and see where the kingdom of God has not yet come and ask God to move. Instead of standing idly by thinking that there are things we cannot change, we must engage, asking God to make a change, asking him to bring all of his resources to the situation so that he can reign within and over that situation. May we be a people that continuously call upon him to move throughout the world in those situations where he is not currently called upon as Lord.

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