Wrestling with Truth — July 8, 2012


Jeremiah delineates the events leading up to the destruction of the city of Jerusalem described in Lamentations 1.

In the fifth month, on the tenth day of the month—that was the nineteenth year of King Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon—Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard, who served the king of Babylon, entered Jerusalem. And he burned the house of the LORD, and the king’s house and all the houses of Jerusalem; every great house he burned down. And all the army of the Chaldeans, who were with the captain of the guard, broke down all the walls around Jerusalem. And Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive some of the poorest of the people and the rest of the people who were left in the city and the deserters who had deserted to the king of Babylon, together with the rest of the artisans. But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left some of the poorest of the land to be vinedressers and plowmen.  (Jeremiah 52:12-16 ESV)

We considered the question:  “Why do people cry?” and then reviewed examples of weeping in the Old Testament (Jeremiah) and the New Testament (Paul, Jesus).

We looked at verses from Revelation (7:17 and 21:3-5) which speak of the end of weeping.  ” . . . God will wipe away every tear from their eyes . . . ”


(Lam 4:1-2 NIV)  How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street. {2} How the precious sons of Zion, once worth their weight in gold, are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hands!

The sons and daughters of Jerusalem have been scattered and trampled underfoot.  Their golden beauty is destroyed by sin and depravity.  They are now useless!  They are not what God created them to be!

(Zec 14:20-21 NIV)  On that day HOLY TO THE LORD will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, and the cooking pots in the Lord’s house will be like the sacred bowls in front of the altar. {21} Every pot in Jerusalem and Judah will be holy to the LORD Almighty, and all who come to sacrifice will take some of the pots and cook in them.

Zechariah, however, tells of a day coming when these broken vessels can be restored to their original, created intention as children of God. They can be made gold again and stamped with the label HOLY TO THE LORD. The sanctified jars of clay become again golden vessels for use on God altar and in his holy work of redemption.  This is indeed our hope!


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