Background: The prophet Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations after his 42 years of prophetic warnings to God’s people in the book of Jeremiah and after Jerusalem had fallen to the Babylonians. Lamentations is a funeral dirge for the city written in 5 poems. It is a sad book but in it Jeremiah also provided hope to see beyond the destruction to future restoration because of God’s sovereignty and grace.
Let’s see how distraught Jeremiah was over the plight of Jerusalam and it’s people.
Ask the children…
How was Jeremiah feeling and how did he express it?
“‘I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken. .” (Lamentaitons 2:11a)
What caused Jeremiah’s grief?
“My spirit is poured out in agony as I see the desperate plight of my people. Little children and tiny babies are fainting and dying in the streets.” (Lamentations 2:11b)
It is godly for men to cry over the sin of God’s people like Jeremiah did and the resulting destruction of their lives. Last night on the phone a counselor friend of mine told that in a recent group counseling session with men just released from prison. When he asked if any of the men had a father who had supported them, they all said no. Now that is something to cry over. Our society is being undermined by generational sin of the father’s being visited down to their sons.
Ask your children if they know of broken families in their neighborhood or school? Can they see the impact on the parents and children? Take some time to cry out to God over the broken families and ask God if there is something they can do to break the cycle of sin.
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