Look, O LORD, and consider: Whom have You ever treated like this? Should women eat their offspring, the infants they have nurtured? Should priests and prophets be killed in the sanctuary of the Lord?
I. THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT CALL FOR CONSIDERATION.
1. Famine and the inhuman conduct to which famine sometimes leads.
2. Death by the sword,
3. The privation of those religious offices which are the centre and inspiration of the nation's life.
4. The common suffering of all classes; prophet and priest, children and old men, virgins and youth, are alike overtaken by want, by wounds, by death.
II. THE GROUNDS UPON WHICH CONSIDERATION IS BEGGED FOR.
1. The main appeal is to Divine pity and benevolence.
2. The former mercies shown to Judah seem to be brought implicitly forward in this language. Israel has been chosen by God himself, favoured with privileges, delivered, protected, and blessed in a thousand ways. Will God cast off those in whom he has taken an interest so deep, for whom he has done so great things?
III. THE HOPE WITH WHICH CONSIDERATION IS ASKED. Hitherto the regard of God in recent events has been a regard of displeasure and of censure. But if the attitude of the stricken be no longer one of defiance, but of submission, it may be that the Lord will turn him again, will be favourable unto his afflicted people, will restore them to former prosperity, enriched with the precious lessons of their adverse experience. - T.
Behold, O Ford, and consider to whom Thou hast done this.1. The only way of remedy in our greatest miseries is to call upon God in fervent prayer.(1) It declareth that we are humbled and our pride broken, in confessing no power to be in ourselves, and seeking help elsewhere.(2) He is of greatest power, and none else can help us.(3) He will have all the glory of our deliverance (Psalm 50:15).
2. By this vehement kind of speech we learn that in right prayer to God the frame of our words must be according to our affection.
3. The chief reason to move the Lord to pity us is the remembrance of His covenant of mercy in Christ.
4. God's wrath overturneth the course of nature in those against whom it is bent.
5. There is sufficient cause and matter in all the infants of God's people, why God should in His justice destroy them (Psalm 51:5).
6. Cruelty exercised by the hands of the wicked upon children and ministers is a special means to move God to hear us when we pray for them.
7. There is no privilege of peace that can free us from punishment when we sin against the Lord.
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Outline1. Jeremiah laments the misery of Jerusalem
20. He complains thereof to God
Dictionary of Bible ThemesLamentations 2:20
"Ye virgin souls, arise! With all the dead awake; Unto salvation wise; Oil in your vessels take: Upstarting at the MIDNIGHT CRY, Behold Your heavenly bridegroom nigh." Two brethren then offered prayer for the Church and the World, that the new year might be clothed with glory by the spread of the knowledge of Jesus.--Then followed the EXPOSITION Psalm 90:1-22 "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Yea Jehovah, WE, they children, can say that thou hast been our home, our safe …
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Chel. The Court of the Women.
Appendix ix. List of Old Testament Passages Messianically Applied in Ancient Rabbinic Writings
Departure from Ireland. Death and Burial at Clairvaux.
That the Ruler Should be Discreet in Keeping Silence, Profitable in Speech.
Lii. Concerning Hypocrisy, Worldly Anxiety, Watchfulness, and his Approaching Passion.
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