Think of the
planning necessary to write a story, any story, letting each new
sentence begin with a certain predetermined letter of your
has been done in the Old Testament Book of Lamentations!
And it is not
a story! Or not just a story. It is history! A factual
account of a Nation suffering then nearly dying!
non-fiction, that precisely!
of Lamentations' five chapters are so arranged. Perhaps not
without exception, but nearly so. Close enough that it is
apparent, the goal in the author's mind.
prose in such a poetic manner?
common answer is that such a pattern aids memory. And
yes, Jewish boys and girls (along with every priest, rabbi) did
learn by heart these words. All 154 verses!
Yet does such
consistency also "hint" that the judgments being so clearly
described are also "in precise order?"
His people, both in Deuteronomy and Leviticus, what would happen
if they persistently disobeyed.
Lamentations ... God unfolds His litany of "punishment for sin"
... exactly as He promised it!
chapter 1 gives us an overview of the City, Jerusalem, during
her lowest moments, during and after her "Fall" to Babylon.
Here's verse 1 for a sample: "How doth the
city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is
she become as a widow! she that was great among the
nations, and princess among the provinces, how is
she become tributary!"
word in Hebrew, the "how" in English, begins with a "aleph," the
"a" in Hebrew! It's "silent," but it's there! Like "aeykah."
A cry of
writer, is "overcome" by what he sees! "How
doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people!
means "in isolation!"
She who was
the daughter of God ... now a widow lady! Her Husband, because
of her rebellion, has forsaken her! She is here called a "widow"
because all her men are dead, killed in battle or tortured to
death after the battle!
"How doth the city sit solitary, that
was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she
that was great among the nations, and princess
among the provinces, how is she become tributary!"
The adjective "tributary" is "mas"
in Hebrew. It means "forced into slavery." Made to pay "tribute"
to an invading power!
Why this suffering, which here is
Lamentations 5:16 most succinctly
tells the answer. "The crown is fallen
from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!"
We have sinned.
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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