Welcome to BibleBum where we are exploring the entire Bible in one year to better learn how to follow God’s instructions and discover the purpose for our lives. The BibleBum blog uses The One Year Chronological Bible, the New Living Translation version. At the end of each day’s reading, Rob, a cultural history aficionado and seminary graduate, answers questions from Leigh An, the blogger host, about the daily scripture. To start from the beginning, click on “Index” and select Day 1.
Questions & Observations
Q. (Lamentations 2:1-22): Reading this, I can’t help but imagine what Jeremiah is going through. He prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem and the anguish of the people. Now, he is living among it. I was tearing up as I read His description. Then, we read where He is pleading to God to be fair. V. 20 was a clear image where he says, “Should mothers eat their own children, those once they bounced on their knees?” So, this goes on for 70 years?
A. No, he’s describing the condition of the siege. Once Jerusalem was destroyed, the people became subjects of Babylon and under the rule of the leader of Judea, who would take better care of them in theory at least. That’s not to say they had it easy, but nowhere nearly as bad as during the siege.
Q. (3:1-20): I never imagined that Jeremiah would not be spared. I didn’t think about him suffering along with the others. He is obviously pouring out his anger at God for these devastating times. But, then in v. 21, he does a 180° turn and proclaims God. This reminds me of Job, David, Solomon and others who have cried out to God, blaming him, but then following it with their faithfulness to Him.
A. Lamentations 3 is one of my favorite chapters of the whole Bible, because it lays out the devastation of God’s wrath and the anguish of Jeremiah in agonizing words, but then turns to say that God is still the hope of His people, and His mercies are ever new. Amazing!
O. (4:12): Like I have said, sometimes I’m slow to realize things. I always thought Jerusalem was a lesser metropolis because we continuously talk about her invaders, especially Babylon and Egypt and how powerful they were. But, here, it’s apparent that Jerusalem really was grand because it says, “Not a king in all the earth — no on in all the world — would have believed that an enemy could march through the gates of Jerusalem.” (And, like Rob said the other day, Jerusalem was on higher ground with land “flowing with milk and honey.”)