biblestudy: Lamentations (Part Eight; 1989)

Lamentations 4:6 - 5:22, Conclusion
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 11-Jul-89; Sermon #BS-LA08; 78 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh observes that Lamentations 4 contains a series of contrasts, showing the indignities suffered by a once proud and seemingly invincible people reduced to servitude and abject humiliation because of the sin of idolatry, entered into as a result of economic and political alliances - leading to the adoption of abominable pagan religious practices, violating the covenant made between God and His people. The climax to this extended hopeless lament comes in Lamentations 5:16, when a greatly belated admission of guilt and acknowledged responsibility leads to a recognition of God's sovereignty and hope for ultimate restoration.

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