I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Lamentations

1: 6 All the splendor has departed
from Daughter Zion.

Lamentations is not as Debbie Downer as I thought it would be. It is a beautiful book about the sad state of Judah.

9 Her filthiness clung to her skirts;
she did not consider her future.
Her fall was astounding;

Judah acted for years like there was nothing before them. They worshiped false gods, partook in pagan practices and turned away from the God who delivered them time and time again. I live the phrase, "her fall was astounding"... the author of Lamentations is a genius.

The book describes vividly the city falling and the solemn response of the people... they hung their heads and cried in shame. God created His people to be a light, a princess, but they destroyed everything good that He made and forgot every promise they made to God... their fall was astounding.

The next portion I think is a great foreshadowing to Christ' coming:

3:31 For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love.

God is a jealous and vengeful God. Yes. But He longs to be good to us and just wants us to be good back. I believe these verses are a great promise that God will raise His people up again...

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