Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fury Accomplished - Lamentations 4

Lamentations 4:2 "The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!"

My note on this verse is: 'Better we humble ourselves, than for God to do it.'

This chapter refers back to the pitiful sight of a city under siege. Starvation was in all the city. People who had been privileged were now wandering the streets looking for food. Children were deserted or worse.

v5 "They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets; they that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills."

That is what sin will do. It will take you to the heights and let you crash in your own filth. Israel trusted in idols. They were praying to the air but now what they trusted in is useless.

God raised them up. When they turned from Him, he took his hand away and they crashed.

v11 "The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof."

So the punishment is over and now the path to restoration.

v20 "The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of the LORD, was taken in their pits, of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the heathen."

Submission to captivity but now returning to the shadow of his care. Progress.

A note to Edom to not glory over Israel's punishment...

v21 "Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz; the cup also shall pass through unto thee: thou shalt be drunken, and halt make thyself naked."

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