Focus Verse: “The Lord is righteous, yet I rebelled against his command. Listen, all you peoples; look on my suffering. My young men and young women have gone into exile. (18)
Both Judah and Jerusalem have been devastated and destroyed. Some of God’s people have been carried away as captives, and others have been scattered. As the title suggests, this book is one of mourning and grief. Even though Jeremiah is in tears over the plight of his fellow people, he recognizes that God is righteous in punishing their rebellion and disobedience.
Focus Verse: The Lord is like an enemy; he has swallowed up Israel. He has swallowed up all her palaces and destroyed her strongholds. He has multiplied mourning and lamentation for Daughter Judah. (5)
God is a friend to all, but He will be like an enemy to those who are consistently and unrepentantly disobedient to Him.
Focus Verse: Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. (3)
Running the Christian race is not easy. Trials and temptations constantly try to trip us up. We are taunted by some to throw away our faith. Sometimes we forget to fix our eyes on Jesus. We grow weary. We are tired. Whenever we feel like giving up or find ourselves losing heart, Paul encourages us to remember what Jesus the Christ went through to secure salvation for our souls.
He endured being mocked, beaten, spat on, humiliated, denied, and betrayed. He endured the thorns and the nails. Christ did not grow weary while walking the Via Dolorosa. He did not lose heart while hanging on the cross. He persevered and kept His eyes on the joy before Him.
When we are walking the way of suffering, we should walk it with perseverance, keeping our eyes on Him Who did the same.