Jeremiah comes to a close – as we move forward into the book of Lamentations let me share with you a little background.
The identity of the author of the book of Lamentations is uncertain, but tradition points to Jeremiah, who is sometimes referred to as the “weeping prophet.” Lamentations is a compilation of mournful poems (lamenting – hence the name Lamentations) about the people of Judah who had been taken into captivity in Babylon.
Remember God has warned the people that He will be sending invaders to conquer their city and nation as punishment for their continued rebellion and sin. Once in exile, the people wept and grieved for that which they have lost; their nation, the holy city of Jerusalem and the temple which has been destroyed. Through these chapters we will see, feel and experience their pain, their loss and their misery.
We will not only see the pain and misery, we will also find hope; hope for God’s people who He loves. God’s love remained faithful and steadfast. He promises them that someday they will be restored. Just as God’s love remained faithful and steadfast all those many centuries ago, it is the same for us today! No matter what we do, face, or experience His love and faithfulness to us, His children, will sustain us!
Tomorrow we begin reading Lamentations
Until next time – Be encouraged,