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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

August 18 - Evening

"We get our bread at the risk of our lives
because of the sword in the desert.
Our skin is hot as an oven, feverish from hunger.

Women have been violated in Zion,
and virgins in the towns of Judah.
Princes have been hung up by their hands;
elders are shown no respect.
Young men toil at the millstones;
boys stagger under loads of wood.

The elders are gone from the city gate;
the young men have stopped their music.
Joy is gone from our hearts;
our dancing has turned to mourning.
The crown has fallen from our head.
Woe to us, for we have sinned!

Because of this our hearts are faint,
because of these things our eyes grow dim
for Mount Zion, which lies desolate,
with jackals prowling over it.

You, Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures from generation to generation.
Why do you always forget us?
Why do you forsake us so long?
Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;
renew our days as of old
unless you have utterly rejected us
and are angry with us beyond measure."

- Lamentations 5:9-22

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  

Jeremiah’s Visual of the Consequences that Resulted from Rebellion Against the Lord


Food had been scarce during the last several years not only because of the siege, but also because of the famine that had struck the land. The lack of food continued even outside the walls of fallen Jerusalem. Attaining food was not only difficult, but also dangerous because of the raiders who
moved freely through the land searching for food.

Dehydration (from lack of food and water) made the bodies of the Jews who remained in the land feverish and discolored.

The people left behind have been abused and continued to be abused:

  • Women who endured a two and a half year siege inside the city of Jerusalem were raped
  • Virgins from all the remote rural towns in Judah have been taken by Babylonian soldiers and officers.
  • Princes, the bodily remains of men from the royal family that did not try to escape with Zedekiah and where not taken back to Babylon are still hanging by their hands on the walls, buildings and trees for birds and wild animals to eat.
  • Elders are no longer recognized, in fact in Lamentations 5:8 it indicates that many of these former slave owners are now working mercilessly for their former slaves who had apparently been given some kind of authority by the Babylonians (These elders may have gone into hiding only to reappear after the Babylonian forces had left the land since 2 Kings 24:14 says, “only the poorest people of the land were left” after the 597 BC exile that took Ezekiel and the other craftsmen.)
  • Young men were forced to labor like an animal
  • Boys have had their childhood stolen from them since they now work like pack animals

Before the Babylonian invasion these people’s lives had been quite different:

  • Elders ruled with authority in the city gates
  • Young men played music
  • Women and young girls where filled with joy as the danced in the glory that came from culture with structure and freedom.

But, all this has changed because of sin.

The ruins of the glorious Temple and its courts on Mount Moriah are now nothing more than hunting grounds for wild jackals who are also scavenging this desolate land for food.

Yet, in this hopeless state Jeremiah ends his book of lamentation seeking the Lord and crying out
for mercy. What else can they do? So, now, they wait in hope for their restoration.

  Christian Quote from Church History

“Jesus “Christ is the object of all things, the centre towards which all things tend. Whoever knows him knows the reason for everything.”
– Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), a French scientist, mathematician and thinker in his book “Pensees,” (meaning "thoughts") a defense of the Christian faith
(read it here)

Something to Ponder??
Luke was a medical doctor from Troas (Colossians 4:14). Luke’s use of medical terms in his Gospel and in the book of Acts have been noted by scholars (see commentary with Emphasis on Luke's Medical Terms here)
Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Paideia (Gr) – correction (Eng) – the Greek word paideia refers to training a child with instruction.
It can be translated: “discipline,” “correction,” “instruction,” “training.” Paideia is used in:
Ephesians 6:4 – “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training
and instruction of the Lord.
Hebrews 12:5 – “And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, 'My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
    and do not lose heart when he rebukes you...' "
Hebrews 12:7-8 – “Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all."
2 Timothy 3:16 – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof,
for correction, and for training in righteousness."

  An imprint in a clay seal was found in Lachish that reads: “The property of Gedaliah who is over the house.” This clay seal had at one time sealed a papyrus scroll. The imprints of the fibers from this scroll can still be seen on the back of the clay seal.
Second Kings 25:22 tells us who this Gedaliah was, “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, to be over the people he had left behind in Judah. When all the army officers and their men heard that the king of Babylon had appointed Gedaliah as governor, they came to Gedaliah at Mizpah….”
(Details HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information

I will consider the blessing I have today.
I will thank God for the goodness I participate in everyday which include:

  • provisions
  • order
  • safety
  • relationships
  • hope
  "A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great."
- Proverbs 18:16
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
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 13 (520-519 BC) Jeremiah 40; Psalm 79
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns


Peace with opponents


Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
top of the Dome of the Rock The Jot and the Tittle detailed in a diagram that helps explain Jesus teaching in Matthew 5:18.

The top of the Dome of the Rock on the Jewish Temple Mount is a crescent moon whose tips touch, creating a full moon. The moon is a traditional symbol of the moon-gods throughout the ancient Middle East throughout history. The Sumerians worshipped the moon-god named Sin whose symbol was the crescent moon (Gideon took the crescent jewelry from the invading eastern peoples called Midianites and Ishmaelites in Judges 8:24-26). The temple of Sin has been excavated in Abraham's old city of Ur. YHWH told Abraham to leave his culture, his land and his family who were worshippers of this Pagan moon-god (Genesis 12:1; Joshua 24:2). Throughout the Old Testament worship of the moon-god and other heavenly hosts is forbidden and met with judgment (Deut.4:19; 2 Kings 21:5; 2 Kings 23:5). This moon on the top of the dome of the Rock is aligned so that if you look through it, you will look straight toward Mecca, the seat of the Black Stone.

The Jot and the Tittle detailed in a diagram that helps explain Jesus teaching in Matthew 5:18.


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