Lamentations - The Desolate City
1. Mourning over Jerusalem’s holocaust.
2. Confession of sin and acknowledgment of God’s righteous judgment.
3. Hope in God’s future restoration of His people.
- Defeat, slaughter, and ruination, which had been promised for so long and were frequently ignored, were now being carried out by the brutal Babylonians. Yet as the prophet was heartbroken, he paused to proclaim a ringing testimony of deep faith in the goodness and mercy of God.
- In the face of death and destruction, with life seemingly coming apart at the seams, Jeremiah turned tragedy into a triumph of faith.
- The weeping prophet Jeremiah is a type of Christ who wept over the same city six centuries later (Matthew 23:37-38). Like Christ, Jeremiah identified himself personally with the plight of Jerusalem and with human suffering caused by sin.
- Lamentations includes elements that typify Christ’s life and ministry as the Man of Sorrows who was acquainted with grief. He was afflicted, despised, and derided by His enemies.