Lamentations No wasted life
Jun 02 2018
No wasted life
Apparently Jeremiah wrote Lamentations soon after Jerusalem’s destruction also recorded by him in the book that bares his name in the 39th and 52nd chapters. Most believe that he wrote the five songs or poems of Lamentations before he was taken to Egypt by those who hated him. Jerusalem fell on July 19th 586 B.C. and the temple was burned on August 15th. Though for 47 years Jeremiah wrote of the certainty of the events recorded in Jeremiah, he was still brokenhearted at there happening when all could have been avoided. Some folks describe this book as a funeral for a city in which Jeremiahs tears are upon each and every word. He looked out at a city that had been designed to be the center of the worship of God and was now totally destroyed as were the lives of the people who once sang God’s praises. To Jeremiah the saddest event in the human experience is NOT the loss of life it is rather a WASTED LIFE which abandons what they were designed to do (worship God) to follow after things that can never fill the void left in the heart that once placed God on its throne.
Throughout the five chapters of Lamentations three themes run strong:
1. Crying: Over eight times Jeremiah describes his weeping over the fulfillment of the
word’s God had him speak for 47 years.
2. Confession: The second theme of these five poems is confession; Jeremiah
confesses the sins of the nations and agrees with God’s righteous judgment.
3. Confidence: Finally, throughout these five chapters Jeremiah espouses confidence
in God, such as 3:26 where he says, “It is good the one should hope and wait
quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
Lamentations was for the most part (all but the 5th chapter) was written in a poetic structure known as acrostic with the first letter of the first word starting with the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet and then vertically descending with the next letter through out all 22 letter that make up the Hebrew alphabet. Accept for the third chapter where it has 66 verses and uses 22 groups of 3’s using the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The fifth chapter doesn’t fallow the acrostic pattern but does have 22 verses. In the Septuagint (the Greek translation) of Lamentation there is a brief reference to Jeremiah reading these words as he sat on a hill overlooking the destroyed Jerusalem. If that is the case then we can immediately see the parallel to Jesus as we read in Matthew 23:37 that Jesus on the week before He went too the cross went to the Mount of Olives facing the city with tears streaming down His face said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!” I was listening to a song by Phil Wickham called “True Love” which mirrors both Jeremiah and Jesus where he sings “All creation felt the Fathers broken heart, tears were filling heaven's eyes the day that true love died, the day that true love died. When blood and water hit the ground, walls we couldn’t move came crashing down we were free and made alive, the day that true love died, the day that true love died”. Saint’s a reading of Lamentations will let you correct your path before you have to travel the road so you can make sure that you are heeding and heading God’s way!
This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!