Lamentations - Unlocking The Bible

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Part 41 of the David Pawson 'Unlocking the Bible' Podcast series

David Pawson says that Lamentations was written by Jeremiah in tears over the state of his people. As a matter of fact, in the Greek translation of the Old Testament it is called “Tears”. David says that if you picture the desolation of Hiroshima during the second World War, that is what Jerusalem looked like to Jeremiah. He had composed a lament for the whole nation to sing when King Josiah was killed in battle as he was a poet and songwriter. The 5 chapters of Lamentations are really 5 laments and 4 of them are written in the form of an acrostic – using a letter of the alphabet to begin each section. David Pawson believes that using the alphabet actually helps an author to put his feelings in order. David sees the 5 themes of these laments as: The Catastrophe, The Cause, The Cure, The Consequences, The Cry. Jeremiah’s problem was that when God’s anger was simmering nobody would take it seriously. Then it boiled over as the consequence. God’s mercy allowed exile, not extinction. David says there are 2 destinies open to us – weeping forever or having our tears wiped away.

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