‘The forgotten whore’

Some people sell their bodies, others, their soul. So it was appropriate for Isaiah to use the figure of a prostitute losing her attractions and apply it to the city of Tyre:

“Take a harp; walk around the city, you forgotten whore! Make sweet melody; sing many songs, and perhaps you’ll be remembered.”
Isaiah 23.16 NET

Tyre was a commercial and maritime city, powerful because of the riches gained in her trade. Her fall came, however, not for her business, but for her pride.

Chapter 23 of Isaiah narrates God’s judgment upon the city. One of the most ancient cities, Tyre served as an example of God’s worldwide plan to oppose every manifestation of human pride. “The Lord of the Heavenly Armies has planned it—to neutralize all the hubris of grandeur, to discredit all the renowned men of earth” (verse 9).

Doing business and becoming rich do not bring God’s condemnation upon a person or nation, but rather the improper use of riches and the pride which centers in self one’s ability.

Earnings and profits ought to be “dedicated to the Lord” (verse 18).

Otherwise, we will be old prostitutes walking the streets without clients.

God of the armies, pride raises itself against you and proclaims its independence. May I remember that everything comes from you, and intelligence, physical strength, health, and profits are your gifts.

Hold this thought: Not the money you make, but the credit you claim, that condemns.

2 Replies to “‘The forgotten whore’”

  1. How sad but true. The most frustrating thing for me as a preacher is when those that you count on for support in the Lord’s church; those that are suppose to be strong, forget God for the daily activities of the world and the things in the world.

    Isaiah ask the question in 1:20 “How is the faithful city become a harlot!” (KJV) May God help us to stay the course (2 Tim. 4:7-8).

    1. Rick, thanks for the comment. It is disappointing when those who should be strong and standing fast for the gospel let down their defenses and cavort with the devil.

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