The book of Lamentations is written by Jeremiah. In this book, we sense the sorrowful heart of the prophet, known as the “weeping” prophet. The sins of Judah have caught up with her. Now she must pay the price. Remember that time and again the loving God sent His prophets to call them back to Him. However, they were religious but lost and were mixing worship with self and the flesh. Judah now sees the misery of her sin and remembers her lost privileges. She calls out to those who pass by, but they laugh at her. The cry of chapter 1 verse 12 sounds out, “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by?” So then, Jeremiah is broken hearted. It seems no one cares. David understood this when he said “Refuge failed me, no man careth for my soul.” But wait, the throne that judges, the throne that smites, is also the throne that saves, supplies and justifies the sinner. When you study Lamentations, remember that Jesus came to save sinners. He came unto His own, but His own rejected Him, “received Him not”; but as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. Praise the LORD! (John 1:11-13). When you study the gospels you are impressed with the pity, compassion, tenderness and the sensitiveness of the Man of Sorrows-Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen! When you study Lamentations you see the heart of Jeremiah. He was the sensitive sufferer.
Remember the old saying: “Sin takes you farther than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay and costs you more than you want to pay”. Justice stands with its sword ready, but mercy steps forward in splendor, and grace is given in love.
May our prayer be as Lamentations 5:21 “Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.”
THEME: Jeremiah’s sorrow over the terrible destructions of Jerusalem by the Babylonians and the suffering and sorrow that fell on her people as they were carried away as slaves into captivity are seen throughout this book.
DATE: David’s glorious kingdom was established about 1000 B.C. God’s blessings prevailed for nearly 400 years. The Assyrians had carried away the northern kingdom in 721 B.C. Jerusalem was spared 115 more years before the people’s sin provoked God to release judgment upon them through the nation of Babylon and under the direction and leadership of King Nebuchadnezzar.
WRITER: Jeremiah – The Book of Jeremiah gives us more details of the life, method and work of this Old Testament prophet than we have of any other prophet.
1. He was born a priest, but he became a prophet by the divine call of God. 2. He was called to the prophetic office through a vision. (Jer. 1:1-4) 3. He is presented as one of the grandest men of the Old Testament History. 4. He is referred to as “the son of Hilkiah” to distinguish him from others by the same name and his priestly origin. 5. He was called before his birth. (Jer. 1:5) 6. He was consecrated to God. 7. He was distinguished by his humility and modesty. 8. He labored for more than forty years. 9. Jeremiah sang his song in the minor key. 10. He wished
that his head were “waters” and his eyes “a fountain of tears” (Jer. 9:1).