bit over three weeks now ... We have been studying the sad
little OLD TESTAMENT Book of Lamentations. today is the last
5:21 is true, bright as a sunshine filled morning. Prayer,
repentance, forgiveness is available with God, the God of all
Mercy! Here's the Verse: "Turn thou us
unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of
not how Lamentations ends!
does forgive ... at times one
still must endure the
consequences of the problems he has created, created by
years and years of sinning!
get "right" with God ... to some extent anyway ... during the
hard years of the Babylonian Captivity.
But she still
suffers ... agonizingly so!
the last verse of Lamentation's 154 "lines," of its 5 chapters.
Hard times to
Lessons to be
to be cried.
"laments" directly to God! "But thou hast
utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us."
In the Hebrew
language an "extreme" situation is soften depicted by a
doubling of words. (Jesus' two dozen or more "Verily Verily"
sayings come to mind.) That's what we have in today's Verse.
rejected" is, in Hebrew, "maas maas." The verb means, as well as
"rejected" ... "despised!" In fact, that's how it is most often
translated in the Old Testament, "despised" 25 different times!
It is "refused" 9 times and "abhored" 4 times. Once, Psalm 58:7,
it is rendered "melt away!"
first "line" of our Verse, which is a "couplet." The second line
is "parallel" with the first, of course. (As is true throughout
all of the Book of Lamentations.)
hast utterly rejected us."
"Thou art very wroth against us."
This second line or clause uses
the verb "art wroth," spelled "qatzsaph." It means to "fret
oneself!" Or "to be in a rage!" In the Old Testament it is
rendered "displeased" three times.
God had rejected them because He
was angry at them ... because of their many sins!
Even the preposition "against" is
significant. "Al" means "towering over!" Then "against" in a
mighty sense. Overwhelmingly "against!"
And "how" wroth is God?
"Very" wroth! Where the Hebrew
adverb is "meod," meaning "exceedingly, diligently, sorely so!"
Take your "whipping" Judah!
You must learn this Lesson well.
Here's how Lamentations ends ...
She prays ...
"Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we
shall be turned; renew our days as of old." Lamentations
She suffers ...
"But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou
art very wroth against us." Lamentations 5:22
Best of all, God reigns!
"Thou, O LORD, remainest for ever; thy
throne from generation to generation." Lamentations 5:19
The Bible, what an amazing Book!
--- Dr. Mike Bagwell
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