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FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2015

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Deb and me after a recent Revival Service



for a bit over three weeks now ... We have been studying the sad little OLD TESTAMENT Book of Lamentations. today is the last lesson ...

Lamentations 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 old."

But that's not how Lamentations ends!

One Verse remains.

Though God does forgive ... at times one still must endure the consequences of the problems he has created, created by years and years of sinning!

Judah does get "right" with God ... to some extent anyway ... during the hard years of the Babylonian Captivity.

But she still suffers ... agonizingly so!

So, today, the last verse of Lamentation's 154 "lines," of its 5 chapters.

Hard times to be endured.

Lessons to be learned.

Really, tears to be cried.

Judah "laments" directly to God! "But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us." Lamentations 5:22

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.

"Utterly 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!"

Sounds pretty rough!

That's the 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.)

"Thou 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 5:21

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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