(22 verses, 2:10 to read)
What I am about to READ
- As is the case in places throughout the Scriptures, the poetry is profound. Both this reading and yesterday’s readings are broken up into 22 stanza’s of mourn, each stanza beginning a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet that when, put together, is the Hebrews alphabet in order. In other words, to put it in English, it would be like having a hymn in which st. 1 – begins with “a”, st. 2 – b, st. 3 – c,….st. 26 – z. The next reading will be three lines beginning with each letter.
MARK & LEARN
- 1-9: The question, “What is the cause of all this?” The answer: “How the Lord in his anger…” (vs. 1). Other key phrases that pick up on God’s wrath are, “not remembered, without mercy, wrath, withdrawn, become like an enemy, scorned his altar, disowned his sanctuary”
- As you read this section, ask the question? “How is God’s wrath shown when He withdraws His presence and grace from His means of grace (Word, Sacrament, altar, priests, prophets, etc)?” and “How is God’s wrath shown when He withdraws His presence and protection from that government?
- 10-19: God’s wrath because of the persistent rejection of God by Zion is the cause of the calamity. What is the effect? “weeping, stomach churns, enemies rail, etc.” Vs. 19 is the proper response to all this: 19 “Arise, cry out in the night,
at the beginning of the night watches!
Pour out your heart like water
before the presence of the Lord!”
- 20-22: The call was to cry out to God and the rest of the reading is a call for the Lord to look, and see
- O Lord, Your Word is beautiful. It causes me to see that among the many problems I have in this life, Your just wrath against my sins is at the top. As I consider the wrath I deserve, grant me repentance and faith to call out to You for help. Strengthen my prayers to pour out my heart like water before Your presence knowing in full confidence that I pray through the very One who poured out His life, receiving the wrath and anger I deserve, and now covers me and my sinful with water and His Word.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC