Lamentations 2 Commentary
Let not the laments of this book bore the saint. Life is like that for mankind. Often it isn’t enough to simply say one is in trouble. You have a medical situation that doesn’t want to respond to any medication. Your income is dwindling. Your projects are failing despite your very best efforts. Things around you could be falling apart.
You can run out of fingers counting your serious problems. And you haven’t created any of them. You actually haven’t invited any one of them. You have tried your best to stay on the right path. But things simply fall apart. You cannot be general about it. Yes, this is a poetic presentation but details are important.
Remember also that these lamentations are said by the remnant who possibly had nothing to do with idolatry and the general rebellion that led to Judah’s exile.
Things are bad in the community. Children and infants faint in the streets. Should women cook their own children for a meal? Should priests and prophets be killed in the Sanctuary of the LORD? It is clear: the LORD has looked away. Probably this is the author’s greatest pain.
Yes, the visions of the prophets were false and worthless, but there was also the correct message from the LORD via several prophets, including Jeremiah. The world cannot have excuses. In the midst of confusion and compromise, the word of the LORD still goes out unhindered. We all need to listen.
This is what the saint is expected to do: “Give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest.” “Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the LORD. Lift up your hands to Him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner.” Verses 18c and 19.
Then you know it’s time to pray.
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