The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Lamentations

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in the Book of Lamentations

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Chart adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Lamentations

Theme of Lamentations

Lamentations 3:22-23

“Comfort in Cataclysm”

God’s loving compassion and faithfulness are present even during the cataclysmic destruction of Jerusalem.

 “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Christ-Focus in Lamentations

Implications from Lamentations

Hooks from Lamentations

The faithful presence of the Spirit of Christ comforts us in any trouble.

 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

– John 14:26-27

The comfort we receive from God enables us to comfort others.

 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.”

 – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

Where do you find your security and comfort in life?

 Have the things you are trusting in ever failed you?

 Do you spend most of your time developing your relationship with God or developing your relationship with other things?

 Are you as compassionate with others as God has been with you?

 Are you ready to be merciful and compassionate to those who, in your estimation, don’t deserve it?

 What if God were like you?

 

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