This is not a different God. We need to respect God and not treat Him with contempt as Israel did. Verses 6 and 7 contain threads that reach from Genesis to Revelation. The Tabernacle of Jesus’ body brings this entire lament to its deepest depths. Yet this dark valley is the way to joy, the joy of resurrection.
* God Above, thank You for this day. Thank You for Your word. Please teach us this day from Your word.
“The Lord has become like an enemy; he has swallowed up Israel;”
“He has laid waste to his booth like a garden, laid in ruins his meeting place; the LORD has made Zion forget festival and Sabbath, and in his fierce indignation has spurned king and priest.”
“The LORD determined to lay in ruins the wall of the daughter of Zion; he stretched out the measuring line; he did not restrain his hand from destroying;”
We much remember that the Lord sent prophet after prophet to His people, warning them over and over – Turn back to the Lord! Seek His face, obey His laws, walk under His will.
His people continued in disobedience, walking further down the broad road into evil upon evil.
And yet, another turn.
The author of Lamentations cries out to the Lord,
“Look, O LORD, and see! With whom have you dealt thus?”
How does the author make this cry, knowing of the reason why this judgement has come upon them?
This is God’s word we read. Should we think there is some dissonance, some weakness, some unknown vector showing God’s word to be at war with itself?
No! Of course not.
And so we must wrestle with these truths, asking our God to help us comprehend how we can endure trials brought about by our own folly (as individuals and as groupings) and yet cry out for mercy.
* Father of mercy,
Even though You have saved us, called us, marked us – Still we choose foolishness.
Please forgive us Lord, and show us Your mercy each day.
We throw ourselves at Your feet, for what else have we to do!