Before delving into Lamentations in the coming weeks, Pastor Chuck Swindoll first takes a look at the life of the prophet Jeremiah. Why did he write this book? What was going on around him?
Lamentations: Jeremiah's Journal of Woes
Lamentations stands as a sober reminder that sin, despite its allurements, carries with it a heavy weight of sorrow. In moving strains of poetic prayer, Jeremiah weeps over Jerusalem’s fall—the tragic consequence of God’s judgment.
Above the rubble, however, the promise of restoration rises like the morning sun. God’s mercies shine new every morning! Great is His faithfulness toward those who cry out to God and seek Him in their sorrows. Through the streaks of lament’s tears, God’s hope appears.
Chuck focuses on an eight-year-old boy named Josiah, who became Judah's king. His friendship and subsequent reign played a vital role in Jeremiah's life and ministry.
Pastor Chuck Swindoll presents an overview of Lamentations. These five chapters are filled with the prophet's anguishing words over the destruction of Jerusalem, the city he loved.
Now that we have introduced everyone to Jeremiah, and have surveyed all five chapters in Lamentations, we're ready to dig into the first chapter.
Chuck Swindoll continues his study of Lamentations by looking at one of the darkest chapters of Scripture that describe the extreme suffering endured during the destruction of Jerusalem.
Finally, when we come to the third chapter of Lamentations, we find something in Jeremiah's sad journal that's encouraging! The prophet offers a bright ray of hope, and we're ready to hear it.
When calamity strikes, possessions offer no comfort. What was important isn't anymore. How do we go on? Even as Jeremiah tours through Jerusalem's wreckage, we find God's hope for reconstruction.
From the final notes in Jeremiah's mournful song of woe, a refrain of hope emerges. God still sits on His throne and rules the world's affairs. He will restore His people's joy and turn mourning to dancing.