Lamentations 3 Commentary

Lamentations 3 Commentary

With their own hands, compassionate women have cooked their own children. Verse 10. There is famine. Jerusalem’s punishment is more than Sodom’s punishment!

Sodom and Gomorrah’s case was better because there stood in Abraham an intercessor and Lot was saved. But here both priests and prophets top the list of sinners.

Even in these dark times for the nation, one could see the need for mediation. Clearly, the priests and the prophets have failed. Of course, there is Jeremiah. See his many complaints as a result of his many beatings, imprisonments, scorn, escapes… and conclude the impossible mission of the Servant of the LORD.

In these pages, we see human failure. The best of us – like Jeremiah would fail, what of the weaklings: the priests and the prophets; never to mention the general public! The mission of the LORD Jesus Christ – variously called the Son, the Servant, Immanuel, the Branch, or one with the government on His shoulders, becomes critical to man’s salvation.

It is a blessing to come to this point. Then the nation can see there is no help. It is a blessing to experience moments of nothingness and meaninglessness. Then your eyes can see it for what it is – nothing. It is at this moment that the LORD reveals Himself and brings back life and adds meaning to it.

This is a record of affliction. It floods the mind of the saint. But that isn’t all. The saint can also remember something of greater importance: the compassions of the LORD that never fail. They are new every morning. Verses 19 to 23.

Through it all, the faithfulness of the LORD is great!

It all comes to this: “Let us examine our ways and test them. Let us return to the LORD.”

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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