This evening, John Mackinnon introduces a new series on the book of Lamentations. This book was written after the fall of Jerusalem to Babylon in 586bc lamenting the loss of national identity, but with a vision of hope remembering God’s blessings in the past.
This is a carefully structured set of five sad songs. The first four are acrostic with the 22 verses started by the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The fifth isn’t acrostic, but it still has 22 verses.
In the first song, which we look at this evening, the verses 1– 11 are an observer’s view of the dire situation. In verses 12–22 the people, symbolised by Jerusalem reflect on their rebellion, which has brought God’s just punishment on them. Only God can restore, but He requires genuine repentance.