This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

 
Issue Features
  
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 9/1/2017

Lamentations

The verb form of the word for “lamentations” means “to cry aloud; to lament.” The word refers to the mourning process in which the mourner shows his sorrow by spoken words of deep sadness. Lamentations consists of five funeral poems, written in the style of a funeral song. Jeremiah is believed to have been Lamentations’ inspired writer, earning for him the reputation of “the weeping prophet.”

The first four poems of Lamentations follow an acrostic pattern. (Each verse begins with a word whose first letter corresponds in order with the Hebrew alphabet.) The third poem devotes three verses to each letter. The fifth poem is a final prayer.

Central Theme:

Lamentations mourns the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 586 B.C. The five poems form an intense expression of sorrow over the tragedy that has come upon Judah. It pleads for a better day when the people will be turned back to God and their lives renewed.

The book of Lamentations spotlights the proper attitude toward disobedience, punishment, and hope for mercy upon the penitent. Even in the midst of life’s tragedies, “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 will hope in Him” (3:22-24).

 

Outline
1   Jerusalem’s devastated condition
2   Review of the Babylonian assault on Jerusalem and God’s wrath
3   Jeremiah’s sorrow and the comfort 
of God
4   Details about the siege of Jerusalem
5   Jeremiah’s prayer of confession and plea for the people




Copyright © 2017 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, excepting brief quotations, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
U.S.A.
Phone (334) 272-8558

http://www.apologeticspress.org

Web Store

Early Reader: God Made Birds

No one looks at an airplane flying through the sky and concludes that it must have "just happened" by accident. Aircrafts of all kinds were designed and built by very smart human beings. Amazing animals that f

Featured Audio

Listen

Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio