The next few
days will lead us to the Old Testament Book of "Lamentations,"
the Lord willing. Perhaps the "saddest" Book in the Bible. Five
chapters, one hundred fifty-four verses, sorrow upon sorrow!
undeserved pain, rather ... all because of blatant
disobedience to Almighty God!
Let me share
with you some foundational facts about Lamentations today. Then,
tomorrow, we shall wade into the Book. I do not intend a total
verse-by-verse exposition. Rather, a survey.
Book is almost an appendage to the great Prophecy of Jeremiah.
It begins where the "Fall of Jerusalem" occurs, carefully
depicted by Jeremiah himself. He being an eye-witness!
The Book is
one of the most lucid "laments" in all world literature, except
divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit of God.
the Prophet Jeremiah is credited as being the writer as well.
Though his name is not in the Book, per se. One reason for this
"authorship" idea is that Jeremiah's personality "matches" that
of the Book of Lamentations. That great man of God "wept" much.
"Oh that my head were waters, and mine
eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for
the slain of the daughter of my people!" Jeremiah 9:1
The Book is
certainly among the Bible's less studied Documents, too.
"popular" these days to think of sorrow. Or to highlight
suffering. We'd, in many areas of Christendom, rather hear about
"blessings!" About how God can lavishly provide all our needs!
About "health" and "wealth," not the sure "consequences" of sin!
It looks to
me like part of the Book is written from the "sufferers" point
of view. And part written from "God's" perspective. And there
just might be therein a note of "Revival" too!
Plus, one of
the greatest paragraphs in all Scripture about the absolute
faithfulness of God! "It
the LORD'S mercies that we are not
consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new
every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is
my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him."
Wow, hope from
Lamentations 3:22-25, from
God's Very Character!
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After all, to
every single nation on earth, the Message from God is still
"Repent or face Judgment!"
Psalm 9:17 in
fact states it. "The
wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations
that forget God."
tomorrow, the Lord willing.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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