Weeping over Jerusalem

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Lamentations 1-2 The book of Lamentations consists of five poems which are traditionally attributed to Jeremiah after the fall of Jerusalem. Four of the poems are acrostics, that is, they have sections starting with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet consecutively. Great sorrow is expressed at the condition of Jerusalem, although it is recognized that this is the fault of the inhabitants. In part of the poetry, Jerusalem herself is speaking. While the words “Is it nothing …

Babylon Is Fallen

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 51-52 Chapter 51 continues the theme that Babylon also will fall because of her pride. “I am against you, O proud one, says the Lord GOD of hosts” (50:31). Her fall is also linked to her terrible treatment of Jerusalem. She was God’s instrument in the fall of Jerusalem, but she will be punished because her own motives were sinful. The Medes are predicted to be the instruments of God in bringing about the fall of Babylon, …

The Sin of Pride

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 49-50 Throughout the Bible God condemns sexual sins. But he condemns one sin even more vigorously. It is the sin of pride. Jeremiah continues to receive messages from the Lord regarding the fall of nations. In most cases the fall is traced to the sin of pride. In the condemnation of the Ammonites we find these lines, “Why do you boast . . . O faithless daughter, who trusted in her treasures, saying, ‘Who will come against …

Lord of the Nations

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 46–48 The prophets are very sure that God is not only the Lord of the individual but also of the nations. Here Jeremiah receives messages from God concerning the nations which surround Judah. The first message is about Egypt, the nation in whom Judah often put her trust, rather than trusting God. Egypt will be defeated by the Babylonians who will later invade their land. This event is seen as “the day of the Lord” (46:10), a …

Refusal to Repent

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 44-45 Jeremiah is with the remnant of Jews who fled to Egypt. God reminds them that their forefathers had continued in sin although he had sent one prophet after another to call them to repentance. Now that they are in Egypt they are continuing to worship idols, and therefore he will continue to punish them. The reply of both the men and the women is that they intend to continue in their idolatry no matter what the …

The Fall of Jerusalem

Claudia Elzinga

READ : Jeremiah 39-43 The day had come. Before this some Jews had been taken to Babylon. The Babylonian king had controlled Judah, but now the final blow was the destruction of Jerusalem. Zedekiah had his eyes put out and was taken to Babylon. Only the poor remained in the land, and with them Jeremiah. Jeremiah was treated well by the Babylonians. He could go to Babylon or stay anywhere in Judah he chose. He decided to stay with Gedaliah, …