Isaiah 23 & 1 John 1

Isaiah 23

    The oracle concerning Tyre.

    Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
        for Tyre is laid waste, without house or harbor!
    From the land of Cyprus
        it is revealed to them.
    Be still, O inhabitants of the coast;
        the merchants of Sidon, who cross the sea, have filled you.
    And on many waters
    your revenue was the grain of Shihor,
        the harvest of the Nile;
        you were the merchant of the nations.
    Be ashamed, O Sidon, for the sea has spoken,
        the stronghold of the sea, saying:
    “I have neither labored nor given birth,
        I have neither reared young men
        nor brought up young women.”
    When the report comes to Egypt,
        they will be in anguish over the report about Tyre.
    Cross over to Tarshish;
        wail, O inhabitants of the coast!
    Is this your exultant city
        whose origin is from days of old,
    whose feet carried her
        to settle far away?
    Who has purposed this
        against Tyre, the bestower of crowns,
    whose merchants were princes,
        whose traders were the honored of the earth?
    The LORD of hosts has purposed it,
        to defile the pompous pride of all glory,
        to dishonor all the honored of the earth.
    Cross over your land like the Nile,
        O daughter of Tarshish;
        there is no restraint anymore.
    He has stretched out his hand over the sea;
        he has shaken the kingdoms;
    the LORD has given command concerning Canaan
        to destroy its strongholds.
    And he said:
    “You will no more exult,
        O oppressed virgin daughter of Sidon;
    arise, cross over to Cyprus,
        even there you will have no rest.”
        Behold the land of the Chaldeans! This is the people that was not; Assyria destined it for wild beasts. They erected their siege towers, they stripped her palaces bare, they made her a ruin.

    Wail, O ships of Tarshish,
        for your stronghold is laid waste.
        In that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute:

    “Take a harp;
        go about the city,
        O forgotten prostitute!
    Make sweet melody;
        sing many songs,
        that you may be remembered.”
        At the end of seventy years, the LORD will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. Her merchandise and her wages will be holy to the LORD. It will not be stored or hoarded, but her merchandise will supply abundant food and fine clothing for those who dwell before the LORD.

(Isaiah 23 ESV)

1 John 1

    That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

    This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

(1 John 1 ESV)

1 John 1: Do we too easily forget or fail to realize that the Scriptures are actual eye-witness testimonies from men who walked and talked with Jesus during His thirty plus years here on earth? These men saw the things that He did with their own bewildered eyes, and they heard the things that He taught with their own astonished minds.

These men were not on a mission to start a new religion; they were simply proclaiming their incredible experience with the Man they had become convinced was indeed the Son of God and Savior of man. Three years with Christ had transformed their lives in such a powerful way that they felt it would almost be evil to not share His message with others so that they too may experience the transforming fellowship with God available in the resurrected Christ.