When God — Jehovah — referred to as Abram (Genesis 12:1-3, later named Abraham — only a few individuals knew this private God. The divine directive for this pagan from Ur of the Chaldees was the start of what’s often called the Chosen Nation — the nation of Israel. The divine intent was that this nation would stay true to their everlasting calling. This nation was to develop into the cradle of the approaching Redeemer of mankind. Nonetheless, this household was not devoted to their divine calling.
By way of the centuries, most of the nationwide leaders of Israel did stay obedient to the unique design. Nonetheless, the “religious roller-coaster” historical past of those individuals led to their destruction as a nation. The group, often called the Northern Kingdom was eliminated by the Assyrians.
Many prophets had been despatched to those rebellious individuals, bringing a message that referred to as for private and nationwide repentance. One of many final of those divine messengers was the prophet, Jeremiah. If one would measure the “success of ministry” by the diploma of acceptance of the message, Jeremiah could be described as a “depressing failure.” Despite little “outward success,” this man continued to name the nation again to the God whom they’d deserted. These individuals discovered that “sin will take you farther than you meant to go, and can price you greater than you meant to pay.”
Despite a lot religious and bodily abuse, Jeremiah continued to declare the Phrase of the Lord. The “name” made by this devoted prophet rang out by way of town of Jerusalem. The message from Jehovah was clear — “Return, ye backsliding kids, and I’ll heal your backsliding. Actually in useless is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the multitude of mountains: actually within the Lord our God is the salvation of Israel.” Jeremiah 3:22a, 23. Our loving Heavenly Father — the creator of the universe — continued to plead with the rebellious nation. The prophet, because the spokesman for God, cried, “How shall I pardon thee for this [their rebellion]? thy kids have forsaken me, and sworn by them which might be no gods.” Jeremiah 5:7a.
Earlier than the “fall” the Southern Kingdom — the Kingdom of Judah — Jeremiah didn’t stop to offer the divine name to repentance. He warned the residents of the approaching judgement in opposition to their attitudes and actions. He wrote 5 “Lamentations” concerning the approaching collapse of their nation. Regardless that the creator of those poems will not be said, the opposite writings of Jeremiah level to him because the particular person the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21) used to pen these phrases. Every of the verses of those poems was written as an acrostic of the Hebrew alphabet. The third poem repeated this manner thrice.
Because the poet started the fifth of those lamentations, he wrote, “Keep in mind, O Lord, what’s encounter us: think about, and behold our reproach.” Lamentations 5:1. The hearers of this deep expression of sorrow knew the ideas of the author/singer. The author of previous knew that he was not “giving God info,” however calling to thoughts sins of the previous.
The prophet had warned the nation of their coming loss. These hearers knew the navy strategies of the kings at the moment. The phrases are written, as in the event that they had been watching a scene unfold — “Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our home to aliens. We’re orphans and fatherless, our moms are as widows.” Lamentations 5:2, 3.
The requirements of life — which they’d taken as a part of their on a regular basis “proper” — would develop into one other private expense. “We now have drunken our water for cash; our wooden is offered unto us. Our necks are below persecution: we labour, and haven’t any relaxation. We now have given the hand to the Egyptians, and to the Assyrians, to be happy with bread.” Lamentations 5:4-6.
The nation lastly realized the “trigger” of the state of affairs that they had been now realizing — “Our fathers have sinned, and are usually not; and we now have borne their iniquities.” Lamentations 5:7. Sure, there are long-term penalties for actions that may be handed to future generations.
The Jewish nation had identified a really “colourful” historical past, because the blessings of God had develop into a part of their heritage. Jeremiah wrote these phrases as actions that had already taken place — “Servants have dominated over us: there’s none that doth ship us out of their hand.” Lamentations 5:8.
The results of the “servant’s rule” appeared to have come “crashing down” upon the wayward individuals. “We gate our bread with the peril of our lives due to the sword of the wilderness. Our pores and skin is black like an oven due to the horrible famine.” Lamentations 5:9, 10. Their households suffered nice indignity and injustice as outcomes of private and nationwide sin. “They’ve ravished the ladies of Zion, and the maids of the cities of Judah. Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of the elders weren’t honored. They took the younger males to grind [seen as women’s work], and the youngsters fell below the wooden [young children forced to collect wood for the captors]. The elders have ceased from the gate [from a place of honor and responsibility], the younger males from their musick.” Lamentations 5:11-14.
The Chosen Nation appeared to have been identified for his or her music and singing. With their nation over-run and the lack of communion with Jehovah, these qualities appear to have been lacking. “The enjoyment of our coronary heart is ceased; our dance is become mourning. The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we now have sinned!” Lamentations 5:15, 16.
Despite all that had taken place in Israel, God doesn’t neglect His personal. Jeremiah reminded those that would hear, “Thou, O Lord, remainest for ever; thy throne from era to era. Wherefore dost thou neglect us for ever, and forsake us so very long time? Flip thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we will be turned: renew our days as of previous.” Lamentations 5:19-21.
These individuals discovered that the phrases of Jeremiah and the opposite prophets weren’t simply “idle tales.” Judgment did come. But God didn’t neglect His guarantees from the previous. By way of this nation, Jehovah offered a Savior for the entire world — Jesus Christ. Please settle for Him into your life, in the present day. John 3:16.
Rev. James C. Temples’ Sunday Faculty Lesson has appeared within the Early County Information every week since 1967. A local of Early County, Rev. Temples taught in public colleges 32 years and 10 years at Southeastern School of Assemblies of God, in Lakeland, Fla. He additionally served as pastor and evangelist throughout these years. He might be contacted at P. O. Field 1484, Swainsboro, GA 30401; 478- 299-2068. Electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org