November 17, 2013
Scripture and Commentary, Monday after the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity
Morning – Psalm 99, 100, Lamentations 1:1-14, 1 Peter 3:13
Evening – Psalm 103, 1 Thessalonians 5:12
Commentary, Lamentations 1:1-14
Lamentations is appropriately named, for it is a lament over
Israel’s devastating conquest by
the Babylonians in 586 B.C. Jerusalem has been
completely sacked. The city’s protective
wall have been destroyed, along with that great symbol of God’s presence and
blessing, the Temple. Thousands of the city’s residents have been
killed in the battle; thousands more were mercilessly executed after the city
fell. Great numbers of those left alive
were taken on a death march to live in captivity in Babylon.
The first chapter expresses the grief of the people over their plight.
and, sometimes Judah, are
referred to in the literary form of personification: “She weepeth” (vs 2), “her
adversaries” (vs. 5).
The reason for he devastation is given in verse 8, and this may well be the single most important verse in the book. “
hath grievously sinned; therefore she is removed,” meaning taken to Babylon.