No One Escaped (Lamentations 2, Psalm 33)

“You summoned as if to a festival day my terrors on every side, and the day of the anger of the Lord, no one escaped or survived; those whom I held and raised my enemy destroyed,” Lamentations 2:22

The news was tragic, “Both sons were killed in the accident.”  This news came from deep in the heart of Texas in 2012 as a father’s truck had broken down.  The father had gotten out of the truck and was pushing the truck to the side of the road when a drunken driver hit the truck and both sons in the truck were killed.

What happened next is still being tried in Texas court.  Prosecutors claim, “The father went home and got a gun.  He returned to the scene and shot the drunken man.”  The father maintain’s he did not do this.  One thing is for sure, “Justice is sometimes a clouded issue for humanity!!!”

This mornings reading occupies Lamentations 2, “where we clearly see the righteous judgment of God upon the rebellious people of Israel.”  Notice Jeremiah’s proclamation of the judgement of God, “The Lord has done what he purposed; he has carried out his word,” 2:17.

From Israel’s earliest days the Lord had been clear with His people.  If you obey me, you will never cease to live in the land.  But if you disobey me, you will cease to live in the land.  Their exile is proof that God keeps His word.

Think it through:

1.  What is our response to God’s just judgment?

Jeremiah had the right response, “Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches, Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord.  Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.”  

You and I face moments when we want to lift our hands against those who wrong us.  However we must choose to not obey the flesh.  We must cry out to God for His mercy and for His wisdom.

2.  What can we do when we are facing judgment because of others sins?

When you fast forward to Lamentations 5 you find this answer, “Restore us to yourself, O Lord, that we may be restored!  Renew our days as of old,” 5:21

Our response:

Father, may we never take matters into our own hands.  Help us to trust in your right justice and help us to rightly align our lives to your ways and not our own.  

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