Monday, August 31, 2009

Lamentations Summary

Well.....Lamentations came and went.....but here is a summary. :)

"weeping for a lost city!"

The book of Lamentations is Jeremiah's eyewitness account of the disaster that befalls Jerusalem when the city is invaded by the Babylonian army. Jeremiah had predicted the devastation of his homeland, and he writes this funeral poem to express his grief. Each verse in each chapter begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The book of Lamentations is a vivid reminder that God keeps his promises--even the promises of judgment and destruction.

chapter 1 Lamentations is likens the city of Jerusalem to woman who was once a princess and is now a slave; once a woman full of many children, now a widow, bereaved and alone.

chapter 2 she wears rough clothing and is slowly starving to death.

chapter 3-4 her children fall prey to sickness and YUCK--cannibalism!! the city is in ruins.

chapter 5 Jeremiah ends his lament with the reminder that only God can restore what has been shattered. But the lesson learned: Jeremiah's God is our God....a God of grace as well as judgment.

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