- The conditions in the land
are to the point where the people can see no future at all, “. . . because
of these things our eyes grow dim” – 5:17. It has been the discipline of
the Lord that has brought the people of Judah to turn wholeheartedly to
the Lord if He will take them back. Prior to being overthrown and sent
into exile, Judah thought that it was invincible and that the Lord would
never turn against them. By this point in Lamentations they had
experienced the full wrath of the Lord. They have arrived at the point
where they take the Lord seriously. Their problem is that they are no
longer sure that God will take them back. If they truly understood the
Lord they would know that He is always ready take back a repentant people.
- To prophecy coming disaster in the midst of prosperity and ease was why Jeremiah was not listened to. The fulfillment of that prophecy obviously would get the people of Judah to revisit everything that Jeremiah had previously said.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Study 5 – Lamentations 5