“They say to their mothers, Where is corn and wine? When they swooned as the wounded in the streets of the city, when their soul was poured out into their mothers’ bosom. What thing shall I take to witness for thee? What thing shall I liken to thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? What shall I equal to thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Zion? For thy breach is great like the sea: who can heal thee? Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment. All that pass by clap their hands at thee; they hiss and wag their head at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying, Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth? All thine enemies have opened their mouth against thee: they hiss and gnash the teeth: they say, We have swallowed her up: certainly this is the day that we looked for; we have found, we have seen it. The LORD hath done that which He had devised; He hath fulfilled His word that He had commanded in the days of old: He hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and He hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, He hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.” Lamentations 2:12-17 (KJV)
The promises of God are both positive and negative. If we hear only the positive, then we fail to hear God’s whole counsel. I have noticed something about many posts. Not only those I share but those of others too. When we write of the judgment of God coming on His people or the sorrows we can have because of refusing to hear God’s word there are fewer people who read it. We all like to be “Lifted up”, “Built up”, and this kind (the negative) of words do not suit us.
We are looking at Lamentations. The title of this Bible book is rather sorrowful. The Jeremiah Study Bible says in its introduction:
“Lamentations is often called the most sorrowful book in the Bible, written by the most sorrowful author — Jeremiah — known as the weeping prophet (Jer. 7:29; 9:1, 10, 20).
Jeremiah was sorrowful due to the waywardness of his people; the Judahites and Israel. They had strayed from God, His word, His way, and turned to their own ways. They rejected the warnings of the prophets of God and accepted the lies of the positive thinkers.
This book of the Bible was written following the final deportation of the people of Jerusalem to Babylon, the destruction of the city, its wall was down, the temple destroyed, and all the pieces of the temple had been taken to Babylon.
One thing the Christian of today needs to realize is that God will always do what He says He will do. If you do not find rest and comfort in that then, you need to know God. He has made that possible through the death, burial, and resurrection Jesus Christ the Son of God, God the Son. When you are His child through New Birth in Christ you will be saved for all eternity; but not without sanctification. You may have to think about that one for a while.
The LORD hath done that which He had devised; He hath fulfilled His word that He had commanded in the days of old: He hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and He hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, He hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.