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March 26, 2021 2:00 am
Whenever we enter a season of suffering, we often ask God why He allows us to be in such circumstances. Join Skip as he shares some important insight on suffering from a dark period in Israel's history.
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Notice the word mercies of the Lord's mercies we are not 250 times in the Old Testament. That word appears that usually translated a new King James lovingkindness. The Hebrew word is said is literally a covenant love God is merciful, as he has made a covenant often asked why God allows us to experience difficulties in life today on connect with Skip Heitzig Skip covers a painful time in Israel's history, sharing important insight about why God allows suffering. But before we begin want to let you know about a resource that helps you live. Today, the eternal hope of Jesus resurrection pretty obvious that this world is filled with imperfect people and that's on purpose God is into restoring human beings he could make perfect people and populate heaven with perfect people, but he doesn't do that.
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He has a golden month. God doesn't have a mean streak.
God is in getting back to you got is a love streak, whom the Lord loves he chastens the Bibles and he disciplines every son that he receives any parent knows this. A child left to himself for a child left to herself. We have a name for the skull brat you seen brats brats are produced by parents who do not believe in disciplining children or just negotiate with the truck distract the job. Talk about of that document is something else, and what will happen is you love a child is used to getting his or her own way for so that David writes in Psalm 119 before I was afflicted I went astray. But now I keep your word. You get the picture right metallers the spanking really helped your herd got my heart and now I give it back to you CS Lewis put it this way, pain plants, the flag of truth in the fortress of a rebel soul always love that quote verse seven of chapter 2 the Lord is spurned is alter he is abandoned his sanctuary is given up the walls of her palaces in the hand of the enemy. They had made a noise in the house of the Lord is on day of a set feast.
An interesting development went on to make this quick. You know I like this just sit and probe deeply. But that's for a different kind of the study. Okay, it says the Lord abandon his sanctuary. Notice that when the Temple was destroyed.
The Jews were taken captive. They face a problem no temple, no temple how to do sacrifices they don't, they cannot practice ceremonial law and be obedient to God in a foreign land, so I brand-new institution develop in Babylon in captivity that continues with us to this day is called the synagogue and rabbis intermediate rabbis until the New Testament innovative synagogue.
Still, the New Testament, you know why they didn't exist in the Old Testament existed there were born in captivity now. You had Elder sitting around saying since we can't practice ceremonial law, we can at least discuss ritualistic law and we can we can apply the law of Moses to different life situations so they developed the, the tradition called the oral law questions like what would Moses do in this situation and they would argue in sermon eyes and they would write down what was orally passed down into what is called the Talmud and you have two Talmuds, the Babylonian Talmud. I have a copy of it upstairs.
It is also again not over and against or compared to the Jerusalem Talmud, the Babylonian, and I think is nine times longer than the Jerusalem, but it's all these adjudications and opinions. Legal rabbinical opinions that came from the oral law. By the time of Jesus.
The oral law in some cases superseded the written law. The law, God's law. That's what Jesus meant when he said now it's can make sense.
You have heard that it was said by those of old gutter to duck, but I Sandy. A lot of it. They took allopathy added stuff to it became the oral up Jesus. Now let me tell it to strip okay verse 13. How shall I consult you to what shall I liken your daughter of Jerusalem. What shall I compare with you that I may comfort you will virgin daughter of Zion for your ruin is spread wide is the sea who can heal you. What other nation has suffered like like this nation, God's nation get back to that second verse 15 all who pass by clap their hands. Can you picture people walk by there applauding the destruction they hated Jerusalem neighbors like Moab and Needham that collaborated with the Babylonians and the Babylonians gave them land as a reward. The lands of Judah, they rejoice, they clap their hands were so happy about their hips and shake their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem. Is this the city that is called the perfection of beauty, the joy of the whole earth. Remember Psalm 148 great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the mountain of our God and the amount of his holiness, beautiful and elevation.
The joy of the whole earth is Mount Zion, and the sides of the city of the great King beauty of the earth. The rabbis used to say this, God gave 10 measures of beauty to the world. 10 measures of beauty to the world.
Nine were given to Jerusalem and one to the rest of the world from Colorado or Oregon and you go see Jerusalem you will dispute that. But that was there saying, but they also said this, the rabbi said God gave 10 measures of suffering to the world. Nine were taken by Jerusalem and one distributed to the rest of the year and when you understand their history. There were on the sump chapter 3 has 66 versus it is three times longer than chapters 1 to 4 and five that have 22 verses Y 22 verses of these chapters have because the Hebrew alphabet has how many letters 22, so this is in it. Those are acrostic chapters that is begins with the first letter I left in the bed and demand within hey Bob Zion, although at that off so A-to-Z is it's an acrostic with the exception of chapter 5, following now we get to the middle chapter and it's three times longer because the first three letters begin with the first letter of the alphabet, the second three verses with the second.
The next three verses with the third letter, etc. so it's triple though the verses are triple their one third shorter than the rest of the book, so three times longer but the verses are truncated to certain kind of style unknown as the key non-meter clipped or quick meter. If you're in the literature you like that.
Also, if you know literature of your appreciate this.
The flow of the whole book of Lamentations is a kayak stick model you have a literature record will understand what kayak stick is it's like this ABC in the beginning was see back to be back to a soda.
That's of the rhythm of the booklet.
Enough said. Chapter 3 verse one I am the man was seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. Another were Jeremiah said I'm the guy that watched God spank the nation he has led me and made me walk in darkness and not light verse seven he has hedged me in so that I cannot get out. He is made my chains heavy. Even a verse eight. When I cry and shout he shots out my prayer. Why would Jeremiah say this because I one hand, God told Jeremiah to pray call on me. Jeremiah 33 three call on me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you know not.
But there came a point at which God truly times, said Jeremiah don't pray for this people any more. I'm done listening. I won't answer verse nine.
He has blocked my ways with human stony had made my past cricket I feel isolated verse 19 remember my affliction and roaming the wormwood and the gall of the strong smelling plant that yields that very bitter bidder, dark oil.
Verse 20. My soul remembers and sinks within now in the midst of all this pain and destruction. There's a GM right in the middle right in the heart of this book. Suddenly Jeremiah recalls something he knows of the character of God do that when you face uncertain times call to mind that which is certain when you don't know what to do. Call to mind what you do know about God.
Verse 21. This I recall that my mind therefore I have hope through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul. Therefore I hope in him. The Lord is good to those who wait for him to the soul who seeks him is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of this is the only bright spot in the whole book. Five elegies are given five churches five sad sad songs. This is like a diamond and up bunch of coal right into the: now you see this beautiful diamond. Notice the word mercies through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed 250 times in the Old Testament.
That word appears that usually translated a new King James loving, kind, the Hebrew word is said said is literally a covenant love God is merciful because he has made a covenant with his people and because of the covenant he will show mercy will show love. So God made a covenant with us and therefore because of the covenant he acts in verse 10 interesting work, and it's a word it's interesting to me because couple years ago I sat in the office of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel who was talking of Jesus and he was looking for the right word goes Jesus was filled with authority goes has said said you say it to his aid, and I recognize words of lovingkindness visit. That's it.
Lovingkindness Jesus was filled with love and brought to our people, lovingkindness my thoughts. You're on the right track.
Keep that threat going keep searching through that threat. But I love it is this great verse 23. Great is your faithfulness is a great him the close evening out with this hymn written by Thomas Crystal Thomas Crystal was born in little shack back in Franklin, Tennessee, and he wrote a great him that that you know great is thy faithfulness, oh God my father. There is no shadow of turning with the data changes, not by compassions, they fail not great is thy faith was Lord and to me great rates on Penn based upon the words of this this great portion of Jeremiah's writing of Lamentations good on the verse 31 the Lord will not cast off forever verse 32. Though he causes grief, yet he will show compassion. According to the multitude of his mercies. All of this is a statement of faith based upon not what he saw, but based upon what he knew in spite of what he saw. Here's what I saw destruction.
Bad stuff happening. Death, desolation. But this is what I know to be true regardless of what I see. So this is a statement of God is faithful never couple years about three years I lived in a little Southern California town called San Juan Capistrano what's famous about that town is its mission. Mission San Juan Capistrano and what's famous about the mission, among other things, is that there's a species of bird called the Cliff swallow that makes the 600 mile journey every year from Argentina to California to that mission. It leaves on March 19 from Argentina to go to California and October 23 leaves California Québec Argentina and you can just be there on the date set your watch hang out there. Sure enough on that day there faithful to show up or let me put it better. God is faithful to put into that birdbrain the ability to make it 600 miles without a GPS unit to a mission in San Juan, Capistrano, Southern California, and it's it's in an amazing truth of nature, but all I can say if God cares about the timing of birds that much. Don't you think God will be in perfect timing in the situations that arise in your life child of God better than a Cliff swallow.
Yes, the fourth church in chapter 4 Jeremiah surveys the scenes describes the heart ache verse one how the gold is become damn how change the Feingold the stones of the heavy sanctuary are scattered at the head of every street.
Verse 11. The Lord is afflicted or the Lord has fulfilled his fury. He has poured out his fierce anger. He is kindled a fire in Zion.
He is devoured his foundations of the kings of the earth all of its inhabitants.
I'm going on verse 12. Sorry around verse 12. All the inhabitants of the world would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy could enter the gates of Jerusalem. The Jews had a saying, the land of Israel is at the center of the world, the land of Israel is at the center of the world. Jerusalem is at the center of the land of Israel. The temple is at the center of Jerusalem as their way of saying the very epicenter of the earth is the temple, Jeremiah, who love the temple watches as it is destroyed dismantled by the Babylonian arm. What are the reasons verse 13 because of the sins of her prophets, the iniquities of her priests, who shed in her midst the blood of the just remember the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah had a ministry buddy by the name of Uriah not Uriah.
Keep the band Uriah the prophet of the contemporary of Jeremiah, who was murdered by the leadership in Jerusalem.
They wander blind in the streets that defile themselves with blood so the no one would touch their garments.
Leadership was corrupt. Verse 21. Rejoice and be glad of daughter of Edom dwell in the land of Oz.
You know what, who was from the land of us.
Joe so that land east of the Dead Sea, the land of modern-day Jordan is land a buzzer Edom, the cop also shall pass over to you.
You shall become drunk and make yourself naked the punishment of your iniquities accomplished, O daughter of Zion. He will no longer send you into captivity he will punish or iniquity of daughter of Edom, he will uncover your sins. I said Edom took a role in promoting the fall of the destruction clapping their hands collaborating with the Babylonians prophets as you get your up Cummins gods are watching this, and so on Texas chapter 5 we have just under three minutes to finish the book, the fifth church breaks the pattern. What is the pattern the acrostic member.
The acrostic A-to-Z. The letters in this chapter do not all begin with the letter of the heap. The subsequent letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
Why couldn't tell you. Maybe it's too kind of illustrate the confusion brought on by the destruction. It is a prayer of Jeremiah for the people.
Chapter 5, verse one. Remember, old Lord, what is come upon us, look, and behold our reproach verse two. Our inheritance is been turned over to the elite to aliens are houses to foreigners.
Verse 12 princes were hung up by their hands and elders were not respected a possible distinct possible reference to crucifixion the typical means Babylonians used to kill victims of a raid like this was impaling it could be. This is a reference to crucifixion. One thing we know is that the ones who will succeed. The Babylonians, the Medo Persians are the ones who really invented as a as a way of of destruction, sometimes mass destruction, but capital punishment they they developed crucifixion than the Romans picked it up later on.
Verse 16 were getting 16. The crown has fallen from our head.
These are the captives speak wanderlust, for we have seen in. There's the admission there is a confession verse 19. You oh Lord remain forever your throne from generation to generation Y do you forget us forever and forsake us for so long a time. Turn us back to you oh Lord, and we will be restored. Renew our days is a bold unless you have utterly rejected us and are very angry with.
So the book ends the possibility of hope captives looking for in spite of suffering for sin that Judah would not be abandoned. Jeremiah certainly knew true all of his tears that the city in the country would be restored to be faithful and merciful question as we we end what you do when you get a phone call.
Yet some suits ignore it as a defense exhibit. You answered what I wanted you to you answer and if need be. You act on emergency backup every August in Finland. There's a contest called the mobile phone slowing world championship yeah I know really you got nothing better to do than that they have people throw phones years ago a guy from Finland 186 m the record standing. Now is the German who through 100, a phone or mobile phone hundred and 36 m. Pretty amazing right. I feel like that's an hour through that stinking phone sometimes right but for 40 years. Jeremiah announced God is calling for 40 years they chucked it and chucked through didn't listen.
The wages of sin is death. There's always a consequence to sin. If God is trying to get to your heart pick up the phone. Jesus said, behold, I stand at the door and not anyone will open the door, I will come in and have fellowship with them.
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