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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

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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!

But not 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.

First, the 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!

National sorrow!

The Book is one of the most lucid "laments" in all world literature, except divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit of God.

Traditionally 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.

It's not "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 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. 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."

More tomorrow, the Lord willing.

                  --- Dr. Mike Bagwell

 

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