Bible Text: Lamentations 2:1-22
The most important verse in this chapter is verse 5
The lord was an enemy, he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces, he hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.
The whole chapter buttressed one point: the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah was orchestrated by God and God alone. Even though he used the Babylonians, it was his premeditated act from start to finish, so that nobody will make any mistakes about it.
The destruction was thorough and complete. Priests, kings, elders, young, old, youth and babies were all affected. He carefully measured the lines as a master builder to ensure that his destruction left no stone unturned.
God cannot be mocked. He warned and warned, but the people persisted in their sins. Right from the days of Noah down to this desolation of the lamentations, one thing is clear, man always rebelled against God’s warning and at the end has himself to blame for the repercussion.
This lesson raises a question against all those who teach that God is a loving father who will never punish sinners in hell because he is too loving to do so. God cannot change his principles for any man. He is just as he is kind. One of his attributes cannot work against the other. Perfect love is just, for without justice love becomes jaundiced and selfish.
God loved Israel. He established it as his footstool on the earth. From the mercy seat of the ark he extended it to the temple and to the entire holy hill of mount Zion. Israel fell into the error of being faithful to the edifice of the temple instead of the personality behind the temple.
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God is after a relationship with us. Wherever and whenever this relationship is hampered or relegated, God withdraws himself. The church today can be likened to Jerusalem of old. We have a lot of noise and activities but very little knowledge of whom we are worshipping let alone any intimate relationship with him. The warning is, therefore, for us and our children. We must turn around and look at God in all honesty and tell him how we have failed. We must return before it is too late.
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