Insights on Today's Reading
Lamentations 1 - Its no wonder that the "weeping prophet" would write a book called Lamentations! Jeremiah indeed does lament over the demise of the Judean people and of Jerusalem in particular. He likes her to a widow in verse 1. He notes that it is God who afflicted her, verse 5. In verse 12 Jeremiah calls out to those who pass by Jerusalem's wreckage and asks, "Is it nothing to you, all who pass by?"
Lamentations 2 - Jeremiah focuses on the Lord's judgment and punishment of the people of Jerusalem. God is likened to an enemy of the people, verses 4-5. God even abandoned His own sanctuary, verse 7. In verse 21 Jeremiah emphasizes that God did exactly what He said He would do.
Lamentations 3:1-36 - In this part of chapter 3 of this book Jeremiah speaks of his own reaction to the evil around him, but then in verse 21 he speaks of having "hope." From verse 22 to verse 36 Jeremiah sees an important truth that is sometimes missed during hardship. God is still faithful to His promises and He is full of mercy and compassion for His own in spite of their sinfulness. God doesn't approve of mean-spirited affliction, verse 36.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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