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August 17 - Evening

"He has broken my teeth with gravel;
he has trampled me in the dust.
I have been deprived of peace;
I have forgotten what prosperity is

So I say,
'My splendor is gone
and all that I had hoped from the Lord.'

I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself,
'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.
Let him sit alone in silence,
for the Lord has laid it on him.
Let him bury his face in the dust—
there may yet be hope.

Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,
and let him be filled with disgrace.
For no one is cast off by the Lord forever.
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion,
so great is his unfailing love."

- Lamentations 3:16-32

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Seek the Lord and Wait    

Jeremiah voices his own suffering experienced during his 40+ years of ministry, the two-and-a-half year siege of Jerusalem which included famine and finally, the death and destruction he witnessed when the city was destroyed.

As Jeremiah writes in 586 BC he reaches the low point of his suffering. The days of prosperity are forgotten and there is no peace to experience. All that can be remembered is bitterness and affliction. The suffering the Lord has forced on Jeremiah and the people of Israel is compared to being forced to chew gravel while being walked on until pressed into the dust.

The memory of the past goodness is gone. The present experience of suffering is all that is available for Jeremiah to use to formulate an analysis of life. There is no hope. No light. No good memories. Only suffering.

Yet, there is one thing that Jeremiah can reach out for that is beyond his personal experience. Something that is greater than memories or human hope. Jeremiah knows the very character of the Lord.

Jeremiah begins to recall that there is hope in the Lord. God is not a God of destruction, but a God of compassion. Jeremiah does not say God doesn’t destroy, but he does say he doesn’t do it willingly. The Lord prefers to be gracious:

For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.”
Lamentations 3:33

Jeremiah knows that he must endure what the Lord has decreed in judgment, but he also knows there is hope for the man who seeks the Lord and willingly waits for him.

There is hope for those who will seek and wait!

Then one of the great verses of scripture is stated by Jeremiah:

It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young.” – Lamentations 3:27

Jeremiah says,

Let him sit alone in silence, for the Lord has laid it on him. Let him bury his face in the dust – there may yet be hope! – Jeremiah 3:29

If a man can willing accept where he is at in life and accept what the Lord has done, then this man will also have the ability to seek the Lord and wait for the Lord’s response. The Lord will respond to faith with compassion and unfailing love.

But, if a man is going to curse in bitterness and resentfully blame God for the unfairness of life, then that man can expect the worst, because that man will not seek the Lord. And, that man surely cannot wait on the Lord. That man will never experience the compassion and unfailing love which is God’s nature.

In your anguish you can blame God and perish.
Or, in your anguish you can seek God and wait for his answer.

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“Concerning your spiritual gift and personal ministry: Learn from others but do not lower yourself to imitation. Plan on being very unique and
getting used to it.”

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Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Ouai (Gr) – woe (Eng) – the Greek word ouai is an interjection used to express grief and denunciation. Ouai is used in the following verses:
Matthew 11:21 – “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would
have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes."
Matthew 23 (eight times in chapter 23) - "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees,
you hypocrites!...Woe to you, blind guides!..."
1 Corinthians 9:16 – “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!"
Jude 11 – “Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion."
Revelation 8:13 – “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!"
Revelation 18:10 – “Woe! Woe to you, great city, you mighty city of Babylon! In one hour 
your doom has come!"

    A seal inscribed with the words “Belonging to Asayahu servant of
    the king
    .” Asaiah is the short form of the name Asayahu which is on this seal.
    In 2 Chronicles 34:20 ("Asaiah the king’s attendant") and
    2 Kings 22:12 ("Asaiah the king’s attendant") Asaiah is a servant of the king. This could be the seal of the high court official who King Josiah sent to examine the scroll (Book of Deuteronomy) found in the Temple by the high priest Hilkiah during restoration.
    (Details HERE and HERE. Image HERE.)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will seek the Lord and wait for his response.   "Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has
no desire to get wisdom?"

- Proverbs 17:16
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Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Zechariah 11 (520-519 BC) Jeremiah 37
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Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram

Hewn Hasmonean ashlar stones from 160 BC.

Hewn Hasmonean ashlar stones from 160 BC. (Ashlar details here.)

The invasions that came against Ahaz detailed on a map according to 2 Chronicles 28.
  The invasions that came against Ahaz detailed on a map according to 2 Chronicles 28.
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