Read: Lamentations 1
Key Verse: “The Lord is righteous, yet I rebelled against His command. Listen, all you peoples; look upon my suffering. My young men and maidens have gone into exile.” - Lamentations 1:18
The book of lamentations is poetic, consisting of many laments. There are many lessons to be learned from the destruction Jerusalem experienced in 586 BC. The desolation of the city is described in detail, even cannibalism is happening. We are invited to look in to the suffering and consider the consequences. Exile was the result when the Israelites turned away from God. There is a clear reason for the downfall.
Many scholars consider the author of Lamentations to be Jeremiah. The prophet was an eyewitness to God’s judgment, and Lamentations contains similar style, tone, and wording with the book of Jeremiah. Rebellion is the reason for the suffering; there is a direct cause and effect link. In all of the trouble, it is clear that God’s character and righteousness is intact. How have you suffered because of rebellion? How does your experience motivate you to obey?
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