Saturday, November 21, 2009

Old Testament survey (25): Lamentations

The LORD is righteous; for I have rebelled against his commandment: hear, I pray you, all people, and behold my sorrow: my virgins and my young men are gone into captivity. (Lamentations 1:18)

The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries. (Lamentations 2:17)

It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy throne from generation to generation. Wherefore dost thou forget us for ever, and forsake us so long time? Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old. But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us. (Lamentations 5:19-22)


[1] Lamentations, from Thru The Bible Radio with Dr. J. Vernon McGee ©, with free downloads Notes & Outlines (PDF), Complete 5-Year Study (MP3)

Jeremiah began his ministry during the reign of Josiah. Both he and Josiah were young men, and they were evidently friends. It was Josiah who led the last revival in Judah. It was a revival in which a great many hearts were touched, but on the whole it proved to be largely a surface movement. Josiah met his untimely death in the battle at Megiddo against Pharaoh–nechoh, a battle that Josiah never should have been in. Jeremiah, however, continued his prophetic ministry during the reigns of the four wretched kings who followed Josiah: Jehoahaz, Jeoiakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah, the last king of Judah. His was a harsh message as he attempted to call his people and his nation back to God, but he was never able to deter the downward course of Judah. He witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem; and as he saw it burn, he sat down in the warm ashes, hot tears coursing down his cheeks.

The Book of Lamentations is composed of five chapters, and each chapter is an elegy, almost a funeral dirge. These elegies are sad beyond description. In them we see Jeremiah as he stood over Jerusalem weeping. This book is filled with tears and sorrow. It is a paean of pain, a poem of pity, a proverb of pathos. It is a hymn of heartbreak, a psalm of sadness, a symphony of sorrow, and a story of sifting. Lamentations is the wailing wall of the Bible. (Read the complete article)
[2] Book of Lamentations, from (this website is also available in Afrikaans, Arabic, Bengali, Burmese-Myanmar, Cebuano, Chinese - Simplified, Chinese – Traditional, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Korean, Malaysian, Persian-Farsi, Portuguese, Quechua, Sesotho, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese, Zulu, and 70 other languages)
Even in terrible judgment, God is a God of hope (Lamentations 3:24-25). No matter how far we have gone from Him, we have the hope that we can return to Him and find Him compassionate and forgiving (1 John 1:9). Our God is a loving God (Lamentations 3:22), and because of His great love and compassion, He sent His Son so that we would not perish in our sins, but can live eternally with Him (John 3:16). God’s faithfulness (Lamentations 3:23) and deliverance (Lamentations 3:26) are attributes that give us great hope and comfort. He is not a disinterested, capricious god, but a God who will deliver all those who turn to Him, admit they can do nothing to earn His favor, and call upon the Lord’s mercy so that we will not be consumed (Lamentations 3:22). (Read the complete article)
[3] Lamentations, from Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)
The touching significance of this book lies in the fact that it is the disclosure of the love and sorrow of Jehovah for the very people who He is chastening--a sorrow wrought by the Spirit in the heart of Jeremiah (Jeremiah 13:17; Matthew 23:36,38; Romans 9:1-5).

The chapters indicate the analysis, viz., five lamentations.
Further study (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] Glimmer of Hope Amidst Sea of Judgment and Despair -- Commentary on the Book of Lamentations, by Paul G. Apple

[2] Lamentations: The Fall of Jerusalem, by Donald E. Curtis

[3] Anchored during Times of Grief (Lesson 6), by Kay Daigle

[4] An Introduction to the Book of Lamentations, by David Malick

Sermons (Be like the Bereans! Acts 17:11)

[1] Living in Light of God’s Faithfulness and Goodness Lam 3:19–25, by Philip G Layton, Gold Country Baptist Church

[2] Reflecting on God’s Faithfulness, by Ian S Sinclair

[3] Sermons by Mike Lester
[4] Can You Really Count on God Lam 3:20–23, by David Harp

[5] The Changing Church, by David McClary

[6] Look What The Lord Has Done, by Abraham H. Clark

[7] Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, by Charles Cameron

[8] God’s Call of the Righteous (7) Wait, by Danny L. Briles

[9] The Joy of Christmas-Hope, by Scott C Wildenberg

[10] Hope In The Midst Of Catastrophe Lam 3:22–24, by Malcolm Macleod

[11] Study on Faith and Gods Faithfulness Lam 3:22–26, by Jerrold Milroy

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