Lamentations 3:10-18 :He is to me as a bear lying in wait,as a lion in hiding.He has turned away my path,and pulled me in pieces.He has made me desolate.He has bent his bow,and set me as a mark for the…
Lamentations 3:1-9 :I am the man who has seen afflictionby the rod of his wrath.He has led me and caused me to walk in darkness,and not in light.Surely he turns his hand against meagain and again all day long.He has…
Lamentations 2:5-10 :The Lord has become as an enemy.He has swallowed up Israel.He has swallowed up all her palaces.He has destroyed his strongholds.He has multiplied mourning and lamentation in the daughter of Judah.He has violently taken away his tabernacle,as if…
Lamentations 2:1-4 :How has the Lord covered the daughter of Zion with a cloud in his anger!He has cast the beauty of Israel down from heaven to the earth,and hasn’t remembered his footstool in the day of his anger.The Lord…
Lamentations 1:10-14 :
The adversary has spread out his hand on all her pleasant things;
for she has seen that the nations have entered into her sanctuary,
concerning whom you commanded that they should not enter into your assembly.
All her people sigh.
They seek bread.
They have given their pleasant things for food to refresh their soul.
“Look, Yahweh, and see,
for I have become despised.”
“Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by?
Look, and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow,
which is brought on me,
with which Yahweh has afflicted me in the day of his fierce anger.
“From on high has he sent fire into my bones,
and it prevails against them.
He has spread a net for my feet.
He has turned me back.
He has made me desolate and I faint all day long.
“The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand.
They are knit together.
They have come up on my neck.
He made my strength fail.
The Lord has delivered me into their hands,
against whom I am not able to stand.
I have noticed that my culture has chosen to avoid anything negative. My perception is that this culture believes that there are no sins accept the sin of pointing out sin. Once again, this is irrational because they exempt themselves from their own rule. Passages like these remind us that sin is real, and as a result, the anger of God is justified.
In my culture, anger itself is negative. They must assume that the Christian God is wrong then because in this passage, God is said to have “fierce anger.” Whenever the world thinks that God is wrong, you can bet that the idea came from Satan. I believe that the underlying force behind avoiding negative things is Satan. He knows that the source of all of these negative things is the sin that he introduced into our world. In light of this, let’s consider what God is having us study here.
Much of this book is a close look at the negative. Here it teaches us that once we are subject to God’s fierce anger, we suffer greatly. We learn that we end up suffering all day long as we use up our nice things to simply buy food. We watch our strength waste away as we lose to our enemies. We watch as the good is overrun by evil right before our eyes. This reminds us that sin is real and it has real consequences that we will feel. If we avoid the negative, we fail to understand the seriousness of punishment which causes us to not see the seriousness of our sin. Sin is negative but the greatest negative is the fact that Jesus, who was perfect, was tortured to death. If we avoid that negative thing, we will live negatively for eternity in Hell. Let’s not be deceived by our culture. The only way for things to get positive, will be for every one of us to take a close look at the negative.
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