October 18, Reading 2 – Lamentations 1

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SAA Notes

Before revival comes, we must see our wretchedness, our spiritual poverty, our nakedness. Meditate on verse 16. Think about the paradox of the crucifixion – the enemy prevailed and the enemy suffered complete defeat!

SJA Notes

This is a really interesting song, told from the perspective of Jerusalem/Zion, the city of God’s people.

“The Lord rejected all my mighty men in my midst; he summoned an assembly against me to crush my young men; the Lord has trodden as in a winepress the virgin daughter of Judah.”

How did this happen?

“Jerusalem sinned grievously; therefore she became filthy; all who honored her despise her, for they have seen her nakedness;”

It is a sad state, a sad recounting.

“Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and wandering all the precious things that were hers from days of old.”

ALL HER PRECIOUS THINGS!

Remember yesterday’s passage, and the complete gutting of all the earthly treasures that Solomon had built and gained.

But those are not the truly precious things are they?

God ejected His people from the promised land. The earthly temple was destroyed. The leadership of the church and state removed.

And yet there was hope for Jerusalem. Just as there is hope for us.

As they looked forward to Messiah, so we look to Jesus. The author and perfecter of our faith.

It is through HIM that we find the things that are precious. Love. Joy. Peace. Hope. Faithfulness. Justice. Meekness. Humility. The fruits of the Spirit. Our treasures being stored up in heaven.

Amen to this!

* Lord God Above,

You are holy and just. There is none like You.

You are perfect and blameless. There is none like You.

We come before You and plead ourselves on Your mercy. Please save and sanctify us Lord God. Wash us clean each day from the dust and muck of sin, of the world.

Remind us of the hope we have in Jesus.

Amen.

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