7 Is this your joyous [`alliyz] city, whose antiquity [qadmah] is of ancient [qedem] days [yowm]? her own feet [regel] shall carry [yabal] her afar off [rachowq] to sojourn [guwr]. KJV-Interlinear
7 Is this your exultant city whose origin is from days of old, whose feet carried her to settle far away? ESV
Tyre is mocked and ridiculed for its own boasting. It boasted of its prosperity and wealth and joy, even of its long history. The actual beginning of Tyre is not known, but it is said to have dated back to nearly the time of Abraham. The Temple of Hercules, in Tyre, is said to be one of the oldest in the ancient world.
But all of its history, all of its wealth, all of its influence that it has had on the entire world, will not be enough to prevent its own destruction, which by the way will be self-destruction.
No one and nothing in this world can sustain itself, unless God wills it. You, no matter who you are, are nothing without Gods grace. And if God decides you are finished, then there is nothing that will prevent your destruction.
The feet carried away, is a phrase that has a dual meaning. First it deals with the prosperity and influence that Tyre has had on regions far and wide. Its trade and economic influence extended throughout the entire world.
And second, the feet that once carried it through prosperity, will now carry it through adversity. It is one thing to be forced to leave and then settle elsewhere when you have the resources to do so, but it is quite another thing to be forced to leave, without resources, having to live in a foreign place, in total poverty, which makes life extremely miserable and hard.
History is filled with refugees that have been forced out of their homes into camps or worse. Getting back on ones feet is difficult if not impossible.
But life is nothing more than the endless examples of hardship, that will come to the spiritual life, a life that lasts forever.
Throughout history people have been indifferent toward truth making them reject truth and refusing to support truth. Instead people support the false, they pursue the false, they boast of the false, they invest in the false, and that is the nature of humanity. Most religions, which are false systems, are wealthy. Most Christian organizations which follow the truth of doctrine, are poor. That is a historical fact. Why?
Because the nature of humanity is anti-truth. Promote the lies and feel good about it. Laugh at the truth and feel good about that too.
But here we have the last laugh, which belongs to God. All of the attributes of Tyre, all of the attributes of human plans, will inevitably fail.
Do they fail instantly? No. God is gracious and allows even the worst of plans to continue, which by the way they continue only because God wills it, not because of their own inherent power, but they continue because, God can look down the tunnel of time and see all of the future generations of people who will believe in Christ, who will advance in their spiritual lives, until the very last person in history who will believe, and then it will all come to a halt.
If you are one of those indifferent types, well then you probably are not reading this, but if you were, then know this. Your life continues only because God allows it, despite your indifference and refusal to comply with His mandates and will and so forth.
There is a greater purpose, and your attitude or plans or procrastination or indifference or excuses are not that purpose.