Lamentations of Jeremiah: January 7, 1996

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Jeremiah not only wrote the prophecy that is named after him, but he also was inspired by the Spirit of God to write a smaller prophecy which is entitled “The Lamentations of Jeremiah” or “Lamentations.”
Perhaps it is because of the sorrow that Jeremiah expresses in this little book that he is sometimes called “the weeping prophet.” He wept because of the disobedience of the children of Israel and the judgment that God would have to send upon them for their wicked ways.
Jeremiah’s weeping is a little picture of the heart of the Lord Jesus, who so loved His people and came to bless them. But in His rejection, He stands overlooking the city of Jerusalem where He should have reigned as king, and wept over the desolation and destruction which must fall on the hard-hearted people that He loved so much. Weeping in this way, as He did, and as Jeremiah did in an earlier time, shows a heart full of love for those who, though disobedient, are loved by God.
In some ways, the prophecy found in Lamentations has been partially fulfilled, for the beloved city of God, Jerusalem, has suffered terribly over the last two thousand years. It will suffer even more, until the time comes when, in sorrow, the Jews own the awful thing they did to the Lord Jesus, their Messiah. After this, God will bless the Jews and Jerusalem as He has promised to do.
Let’s rest for a while in our journey so that you can look up the following verses.
1. The Lord Jesus promised His disciples that, though they were feeling ____________ , He would see them again. When He did, they would have a joy that no one would be able to take from them. John 16:___
2. We have been given a “shield of faith” to protect ourselves from the “fiery darts” of the ____________ one, Satan. Ephesians 6:___
3. A time is coming in this world when men who hate God will think that all is well - that there is peace and safety without God. It is at this very time when ____________ will suddenly come upon them. 1 Thessalonians 5:___
4. The woman who had been set free from the power of Satan by the Lord Jesus had her heart so full of love for Him that she stood ____________ while she worshipped Him. Luke 7:___
5. Paul comforted the beloved Philippian believers, telling them that not only were they brought to faith in Christ, but they also had the privilege of ____________ for Him. Philippians 1:___