JEREMIAH, LAMENTATIONS, AND EZEKIEL
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This morning, I was reading in Jeremiah, Lamentations, and Ezekiel. Here are a few thoughts:
1) Jeremiah ends with Judgment on different nations like: Philistines, Moab, Ammonites, Edom, Damascus, Kedar, Hazor, and Babylon. These nations are never heard of again as a nation. Jer. 51:5 says: "For Israel hath not been forsaken, nor Judah of his God, of the LORD of host;" All of these other nations were destroyed and never heard of again, but Israel was judged and God brought them back together again. WHY? Because they were chosen by God to bring forth His Son, Jesus Christ. So, though God judged them, He kept bringing them back together and blessing them. God does love Israel and will again bring them back to Himself during the tribulation time.
2) Solitary City- Lam. 1:1- "How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!" Jeremiah weeps for his city that has been taken into captivity and few are now left in the city. It sets solitary!
3) The Weeping Prophet- Jeremiah is the weeping prophet, and Lamentations is where he shows his tears: 1:16 "For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water,"; 2:11 "Mine eyes do fail with tears,"; 3:48 "Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water"; 3:49 "Mine eye trickleth down and ceaseth not." He wept for His city. Perhaps it would do us well to weep for our nation sometime. Just maybe.
4) Ezekiel sees Judgment and Redemption. Coming Judgment and Judgment are seen in the first many chapters, and then we see God bringing the nation back together again in His Redemption of the nation. It is full of many symbolic messages to the nation and to us and it one of the harder books of the Bible to totally understand, but it has many blessings and challenges for us in this book. I read the first eight today, and tomorrow I will start at chapter nine.
I hope you have a great Sunday! May God bless you today. Pastor Mike Mutchler