Lamentations

Lamentations 3:37-5:22

I didn’t write a post yesterday after my headache went away because the comments on it were better than anything I could have written, so go back and read them.

Lamentations

Chapter 1: View-The city from an outside view

Chapter 2: Inside view

Chapter 3: God’s view

Chapter 4: Overall view

Chapter 5: Future view: The prayer


In Matthew 16:13 Jesus was mistaken for Jeremiah.  Why?  Because they had one thing in common…their hearts were hurting for the people he loved.

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”


Chapter one:  We know that before this Lament Jeremiah mentioned Babylon as the instrument for judgement 164 times!  How many times will Jeremiah mention Babylon in Lamentations?   ZERO.  Babylon was just the instrument.

The Lord has brought her grief
    because of her many sins.
Her children have gone into exile,
    captive before the foe.

  • Jeremiah first viewed Jerusalem’s destruction as an outsider looking in.
    • Verses 1-7 describe the extent of the desolation
    • verses 8-11 its cause.

(verse 1-7 broke my heart!)


Chapter 2:

17: The Lord has done what he planned;
    he has fulfilled his word,
    which he decreed long ago.

Before entering the Promised Land, God gave them a warning.  If you want to read it click here.  It is astonishing to see the fulfillment of it.

Verse 11-19 contains five pictures of Jerusalem’s condition Notice the change from the third person, in the previous section, to the first person
in this one.

One verse that stopped me to reflect on was:

14 The visions of your prophets
    were false and worthless;
they did not expose your sin
    to ward off your captivity.
The prophecies they gave you
    were false and misleading.

I thought of it historically of course thinking about all the false prophets at the time speaking on their own behalf,  but then I started to think about when we minister to people (especially friends), and tell them what they want to hear.  Not Truth at times.  Trust me I am not talking about beating someone up with scripture, because I see that done by the self-righteous all the time, BUT I am talking about sharing doctrine or truth when needed.


Chapter 3:

So there I was with my pen circling the common words: “He” and “I” when suddenly I came to:

22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
    therefore I will wait for him.”

HOW MANY SONGS CAME OUT OF THAT??  What song came to mind?? If you let me know I can post the video in comments.

Alright, this is an amazing chapter.  Here is the truth…I wanted to skip Lamentations just from writing the overview I thought to myself….”another weepy book” but Lamentations chapter 3 rocks!!

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.
33 For he does not willingly bring affliction
    or grief to anyone.

Rather than me copying all of chapter 3, click here and start at verse 22 and reread it.


Chapter 4: Most of chapter 4 was ugly to read and I had a hard time pushing off thoughts of my day yesterday.  Several things happened throughout the day that made me step back and look at the world we are in.  Long story short-I worked the gate at our football game.  My job: to tell anyone entering that it was TSSAA rules that they enter with a mask.  I had no idea what I was in for with this task.  It is a rule.  The defiance came from the ones that thought the rule did not apply to them…The actual leaders: the coaches or TSSAA members.  “Ummmm I am a coach”- “Yes, sir but it is a requirement” (shouldn’t the leaders model followiung the rule?) Nope, they refused or went to a different gate to get in.  The second was the youth.  I was in a stand off with several of them.  When they knew they weren’t getting passed me they would put it on a part of their body and  things like “I have it on, it doesn’t say face” or they would put it on, cross over the entrance, take it off (but made sure I saw it out of sheer disrespect.  After the game I made the mistake of checking my email to find a parent email-in ALL caps ripping me apart on a false accusation from their child.  The parent completely disregarding the rules of my class or possible facts regarding the situation.  I struggled last night with the idea of this fits into the Bible completely.  What is the Lord going to do with us??  But Chapter 4 ends in HOPE.  So I have to cling to that.


Chapter 5:Chapter 5 has the same structure as chapter 3.  I read tons of research on the structures of these poems- 3 and 5 follow the Hebrew Alphabet and 1,2,4 are acrostic however I was looking for the lessons not necessarily the structure, but feel free to dig into it on your own…pretty neat stuff.

I heard my voice instead of Jeremiah as he “reminded God”-as if He needs reminding!  But this is a prayer and our conversations with God are supposed to be transparent.  In the end I read:

19 You, Lord, reign forever;
    your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why do you always forget us?
    Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;
    renew our days as of old
22 unless you have utterly rejected us
    and are angry with us beyond measure.

I immediately thought, because this is an election year- The candidate that says this at a convention has my vote.  So maybe one will….


  • Lamentations
  • Ezekiel
  • Joel
  • Daniel
  • Ezra
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah
  • Esther
  • Nehemiah
  • Malachi
Book Overviews · Lamentations

Lamentations Overview

  • Lamentations, Ekha in Hebrew, is a book or wailing and weeping.
  • Lamentations was written in the time between the fall of Judah and the return of the remnant people after 70 years of captivity,

There are 5 poems in this book, each begin at a new chapter (posted at the bottom).  Judah is personified as a woman in this book,  but it is important to remember WHY all this is happening to her.  An avoidable tragedy,  all caused by sin and lack of repenting.  Always read the Bible from God’s character, His Covenant and His Love.  God is Holy, God is Just, God Perfect, and God punishes sin and disobedience in His timing.

In the Bible, Lamentations follows Jeremiah, who is most likely the author,  and which gave Jeremiah the name the “weeping prophet”.  You could read the last chapter of Jeremiah as the introduction to Lamentations.  However the Hebrew Old Testament puts Lamentations with a group of books called the Ketubin or “writings”.  The group includes

  • Song of Songs,
  • Ruth,
  • Ecclesiastes,
  • Esther,
  • Lamentations.

They are in their own category  (our Bible is grouped by category too, that is why we are jumping around a lot) because these books are read at separate Feasts.  To this day, this book is read in Synagogues throughout the world on the ninth day of the fourth month, a day of fasting, to remember the fall of Jerusalem.

Jeremiah’s grief ran deep  in his heart for God’s people.  Jeremiah wept for the Jews not just because of the suffering and the exile they would endure, but because they had rejected the word of the Lord.  This saddened Jeremiah to a level of tears and sympathy.

I read once somewhere this question…and it really should make us all think…

What makes a person cry says a lot about that person whether they are self-centered or God-centered.