Adult / Kids Sunday School Series
Sermon for the Starving Bible Believing Christians All Over the World Wide
- KJV Bible Believers Church in Touchet, Touchet, Washington - Pastor Mike
Paulson - 2007
the way of God more perfectly - Acts 18:26
with the Scriptures Rightly Divided - II
What is In the Old Testament "FOR" us?
October 14, 2007
In It "FOR" Us?
Lamentations of Jeremiah
Now all these things happened unto them
for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition,
upon whom the ends of the world are come.
I Corinthians 10:11
whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
"Ensamples" from whom to learn, not
for us to follow!
online notes for SS are partly from Haleys Handbook - the oral portion
of the class will be taken from these notes in 'free comment' form (my
few written comments are in blue). Yes, I am aware that
Haley's Handbook has some errors in it - specifically often a different
version of the Bible is used on the online book - and their detailed history
of the Bible itself is wrong but the historical OT facts help me greatly
to understand all the different reigns, battles, etc. of Biblical history!)
Prophecy in the OT proves the truth and accuracy of the King James Bible
- it will right the wrong facts in the history in our school textbooks,
Conclusion to Jeremiah
A description of the defeat of the Egyptian
army at Carchemish (605 b.c.), in the middle period of Jeremiah's life
(vv. 1–12); and a later prophecy that
Nebuchadnezzar will invade Egypt (vv. 13–26.)
This prophecy, foretelling the desolation
of Philistia by Babylon, was fulfilled 20 years later when Nebuchadnezzar
Other prophets who spoke about and against
the Philistines were Isaiah (Isaiah 14:28–32),
Amos (Amos 1:6–8), Ezekiel (Ezekiel
25:15–17), Zephaniah (Zephaniah 2:4–7),
and Zechariah (Zechariah 9:1–7). See
even more detail of all these descriptions.
Ammon, Edom, Syria, Hazor, Elam
A picture of the impending desolation
of Moab. Moab helped Nebuchadnezzar against Judah, but later was devastated
by him (582 b.c.).
Prediction of the Fall of Babylon
A prediction that Nebuchadnezzar will
conquer these nations, which he did.
Ammon, see Ezekiel
The fall and permanent
destruction of Babylon are here predicted, as Isaiah had done earlier (Isaiah
13:17–22), in language matching the grandeur
of the theme (51:37–43).
The Medes, at
the head of a league of nations, are named as the conquerors (50:9;
These two chapters,
pronouncing the doom of Babylonia, were copied in a separate book and sent
to Babylon in a deputation headed by King Zedekiah, seven years before
Nebuchadnezzar burned Jerusalem (51:59–64).
The book was to
be read publicly and then, in solemn ceremony, sunk in the Euphrates -
51:64 - And
thou shalt say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil
that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are
the words of Jeremiah.
The last chapter
of Jeremiah should be read as an introduction to the Book of Lamentations.
Lament over the Desolation of Jerusalem
is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed,
his compassions fail not.
are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
LORD is good unto them that wait for him,
soul that seeketh him.
good that a man should both hope and quietly wait
the salvation of the LORD.
book is Jeremiah’s lament over the city he had done his best to save Jerusalem.
Yet, in his sorrow he also expresses his
true and proven hope that Jerusalem will
rise again from its ruins (Lamentations
3:21, 31–32). Jerusalem did indeed rise
and gave its name to the capital of a redeemed world of eternal glory,
the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation
As we read
about the desolation of Jerusalem, consider the attack and 'near' desolation
of the King
James Bible - a rightly divided King James Bible.
walk that pleases God, Glorifies God and honours God as is to be preached
from Paul's epistles.
are you aware
of the differences in the kingdom of Heaven in Jeremiah's time and Kingdom
of God today. Romans 14:17 -For
the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace,
and joy in the Holy Ghost.
The book consists
of five poems, four of which are acrostics— that is, each verse begins
with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet, in alphabetic sequence.
This was a favorite
form of Hebrew poetry, adopted in part as an aid to memory. In Lamentations
1, 2, and
4 there is one verse for each letter,
or 22 verses per chapter, since the Hebrew alphabet has 22 letters.
Chapter 3 has
three verses per letter, and thus 66 verses in all.
has 22 verses, but not in alphabetic order.
It is not easy
to define the subject of each chapter. The same ideas, in different wording,
run through all the chapters: the horrors of the siege and the desolate
ruins, all due to Zion’s sins. Jeremiah, stunned, dazed, and heartbroken,
weeps with inconsolable grief.
1. Zion Desolate
2. God's Anger
in this chapter is that the people brought the catastrophe upon themselves
by their sins (vv. 5, 8–9, 14, 18, 20,
3. Jeremiah’s Grief - "I
am their Musick."
of Jerusalem is attributed to the anger of God (vv.
1–4, 6, 21–22).
on a mountain and surrounded by yet higher mountains, was because of its
location the most beautiful city then known, “the
perfection of beauty” (v.
15), even when compared with Babylon,
Nineveh, Thebes, and Memphis, which were built on river plains.
Moreover, it was
the city of God's special care, chosen by Him for a unique mission
- to: be the main channel for God’s dealings with people.
It was the most
favored and highly privileged city in all the world, beloved of God in
an exceptional way and under His special protection.
Moreover, it was
so well fortified that it was generally believed to be impregnable (4:12).
But this City
of God had become worse than Sodom (4:6).
4–5. Sufferings of the Siege
In this chapter,
Jeremiah seems to be complaining that God has ignored him and his prayers
“Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud,
that our prayer should not pass through.”
( v. 44
he justifies God, acknowledging that they deserved worse (v.
The high point
of the book is verses 21–39,
but you may as well just read the whole chapter.
He was their
music - their song!
I am their
music - 3:63
I was their
song all the day. 3:14
Are we their
song today or do we walk in victory (not arrogant, bossy,
pushy, pridefully and an attitude of conquer, but in joy, peace, etc.?)
To the world?
in our homes?
Yet, in spite
of all of his lamenting, Jeremiah's ministry was successful.
He did what
God had told him to do!
He said what
God had told him to say!
were not his problem; maybe his "concern," but not his problem!
He had this
concern because of the LORD, and because
of the words of his holiness. Jeremiah
not keep his mind off the horrors of the siege, the cries of starving children
(2:11–12, 19; 4:4);
women who boiled their babies for food (2:20;
next time folks will see consequences like Jeremiah saw will be the Tribulation
But in spite of
its horrible sufferings, Jerusalem failed to learn its lesson.
After the exile
it was rebuilt, and in Jesus’ day it had again become a great and beautiful
Yet they crucified
the Son of God, after which followed its eradication by the armies of Rome
in a.d. 70.
And remember -
the gospel as preached by Paul to us today does NOT include the consequences
& fear as was witnessed by Jeremiah!
won't come until AFTER the rapture!
we won't see what Jeremiah saw - at least not from down here!
more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath