Tag: death of Jerusalem
Scripture reading for August 18th: Lamentations 1-5
Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet because he had a tender heart of compassion for God’s people. (Lamentations 1:16) He had warned them faithfully of the coming judgment and destruction of Jerusalem. He had witnessed this destruction and now was writing to chronicle the grief process going on in his heart. Jeremiah was a lot like Jesus Christ, who also wept over the city of Jerusalem as He saw prophetically the destruction that was to come upon it for their rejection of Him as their Messiah. (Matthew 23:37-39) God values tears so much that the Psalmist said He gathers them up in a bottle and records them on a scroll. (Psalm 56:8) Tears are a sign of caring and compassion and they were modeled by Jesus at Lazarus’ tomb and again over Jerusalem.
In Lamentations 3, the prophet was recounting his misery and pain and described it with images that bring Isaiah 53 and the crucifixion to mind. In the middle of his rant, he turned his thoughts to hope! (Lamentation 3:20-21) The cause of this hope was the thought of God’s steadfast love and His great compassion and mercy. Jeremiah stated that His mercy was “new every morning” and “great is God’s faithfulness”. (Lamentations 3:22-23) Because God was Jeremiah’s portion, he would wait for the Lord.
This funeral lament ends with words of faith, hope and a prayer. God is sovereign and reigns forever. He would have compassion and restore them as they prayed. Take a moment and offer a prayer of thanksgiving and trust in the Lord and His compassion for you. His Son Jesus Christ wept over us and bore our sorrows and tears that we might live in the joy of His love and receive new mercies every morning!
“You, O Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.” Lamentations 5:19-22