Wonderful Account From ‘Lamentations’

It is not the best book to get excitement from, but there is excitement to be obtained. Lamentations is one of the most tragic books in the Old Testament. But at the same time hope and consultation keep springing up in  it’s verses.

Lamentations may be not the book to read if you are depressed, but on the other hand it is the best place to go in the Bible if you want to understand how people feel when they have suffered an indescribable loss.

Lamentations contains five poems that poems that describe Jeremiah’s eyewitness account of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. Jeremiah predicted this disaster in his book the Book of Jeremiah.

Lamentations despite it gloom has a beat, it is the one piece of Hebrew poetry in The Bible that breaks the rule that says Hebrew poetry has no rhythm. The beat is usually 3 to 2, with three beats in the first line and two in the second line. For example, {4 Verse 4}:

“The nursing infants tongue / clings to the roof of his mouth / from thirst.

Little children beg for bread / but no one gives them any.

Perhaps through reading Lamentations, we will have a greater understanding of Romans 12 verse 15: “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep”.

Because from Lamentations, we can feel lament over the misfortune and suffering of others.

We can also understand there are consequences, when people collectively or individual turn away, from the ways of their Creator God. We allow ourselves to step outside His Love and Protection.

We can also understand His amazing love, that our God is faithful and merciful.

Prayer by acknowledging Who He is “All-powerful”, Hallowed Be Thy name, is appropriate in times of suffering. Prayer is communication, and open communication with Him at all times, is life changing.

Lamentations sure it is a sad book, but read it from a perceptive of excitement, what is Our Lord and Our Friend trying to point out to us.

God Bless.

O F J.

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