Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Longing - Lamentations 5

Lamentations 5:18 "Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it."

Here seems to be a look back at Zion from captivity, but I cannot be sure. I've wondered if Jeremiah made it to Babylon or if he just knew the heart of the people there.

They are turning back to the Lord.

v16 "The crown is fallen from our head; woe unto us, that we have sinned!"

This verse makes me think they are now in Babylon:

v5 "Our necks are under persecution: we labor, and have no rest."

A historical statement looking back to the happenings in Jerusalem.

v9-11 "We got our bread with the peril of our lives because of the sword of the wilderness. Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine. They ravished the women in Zion, and the maids in the cities of Judah. v12 Princes are hanged up by their hand: the faces of elders were not honored."

So a terrible time has ended. Captivity is being endured. The good part of this chapter is that the people are acknowledging their sin against God.

v21 "Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old."

A prayer that shall be answered and was answered in part with the returning to build the wall.

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