June 20, 2015

Today is a summary of Lamentations

Lamentations is a book that not many like to read but it is a very important book for the understanding of the nature of pain, sin and redemption. This book agrees with the theology of Leveticus 26, Deuteronomy 27-30, Joshua-Kings, and Jeremiah in that it affirms that Jerusalem fell because of people’s sin (Lamentations 1:18). They also rejected God’s word sent through the prophets (Lamentations 2:8, 14, 17) and because their leaders led them astray (4:13). God warned (Lamentations 2:17), but the people did not heed the warning (ESV Study Bible notes).

It relates to us today because we live in a time that God has also warned us about:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone. (2 Timothy 3:1-9)

Israel was warned not to be swayed by the sin of the world yet they ignored God and experienced his wrath. We live in a time when the world is continually becoming harder and we are becoming more tempted to live like the world. Yet, God is clear that whoever is a friend of the world is an enemy of God and he opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:1-8). Many of us experience suffering because we live in our pride instead of humbly submitting ourselves to God. So my question today is are you drawing nearer to God through humility or are you prepared for suffering because of your pride?

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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