The old men have left the city
The young men their music,
The joy of our hearts had ceased
Our dancing had been turned into mourning.
The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, at least most subscribe to that idea.
Jeremiah told the Jews the words of God, prophesying their down fall and destruction.
Now here he is lamenting the destruction of their cities, wealth and once again being hauled off into captivity and oppression.
What I like about these verses is that Jeremiah is lamenting the loss of music and dance. Why do I like that?
Because many people through the years and to this very day declare some forms of music, especially modern music, as evil, the work of the devil. Generally the music declared to be evil is music that doesn’t suit the declarer’s taste. Continue reading
Let him sit alone in silence,
for the Lord has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope.
Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
This post is a follow-up to my post, Waiting For You. In that post I wrote about verses 25 through 27 which precede the above verses. I wrote about the long, never-ending journey of seeking the Lord, and how you find the Lord bit by bit each day. The Lord is always there waiting for us to find God. The post also referenced, “bearing the yoke” of consequences of your decisions, particularly your bad decisions. It is better to suffer and learn in your youth when you have time to recover. Continue reading
For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
or grieve the children of men.
I have previously written about Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 25 through 27. In that post I wrote about seeking God and the consequences of your actions. I then followed that post by writing about verses 28 through 30, which was about taking the responsibility for the consequences of your actions and then learning from those consequences.
Now today I want to write about the three verses at the beginning of this post, Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 31 through 33. Continue reading
Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
O virgin Israel!
Again you shall adorn yourself with tambourines
and shall go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.
They shall come and sing aloud on the height of Zion,
and they shall be radiant over the goodness of the Lord,
over the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and over the young of the flock and the herd;
their life shall be like a watered garden,
and they shall languish no more.
Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance,
and the young men and the old shall be merry.
I will turn their mourning into joy;
I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.
This post isn’t very long. All I want to do is site some more examples of how making and listening to music is referenced in the Bible for expressing emotions, mainly joy and celebration. Continue reading
The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
When I read these verses I had a thought that immediately came to mind. So I wrote down the chapter and verse numbers and the simple thought that came with it. Continue reading
A drought against her waters,
that they may be dried up!
For it is a land of images,
and they are mad over idols.
If you read the verses before and after this one (35 through 40), you’ll realize that Jeremiah is prophesying about the fall of Babylon because of their oppression of Israel. But that’s not why I wrote down this verse. I wrote it down because of the second half of the verse and how it is still relevant today. Continue reading
The heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately sick;
who can understand it?
Jeremiah is talking about how we try to rationalize away our sins. He is speaking of man’s heart. A heart that is filled with worldly desires. A heart that he talks about in Jeremiah 17:5:
Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.
A heart that trust man, one that draws strength from flesh. A heart that is filled with desires of the flesh cannot be filled with the Lord. Continue reading