When God Feels Like An Enemy
Topic: The Book of Lamentations Passage: Lamentations 2–2
In this study, we continue our look into the ancient book of Lamentations by witnessing the devastation of Jerusalem that took place at the hands of the Babylonians.
But that wasn't the worse thing.
Yes, Babylon was the political enemy of Jerusalem, but Israel saw a spiritual enemy behind the scenes in God himself. It seems God himself was without pity.
How can this be?
Sure, the nation of Israel had grown exceedingly evil, even sacrificing their children in the fires to satisfy the gods they worshiped, but was the complete overthrow of the nation necessary?
And at the hands of another nation equally as brutal and deserving of being overthrown? What about the terrible suffering?
That's the question that the Poet wrestles with in the second chapter of Lamentations which is his second poem composed for the death of the city.
And he asks the haunting question of the city, "For your ruin is vast as the sea; who can heal you?"
Indeed who can heal?
Not their prophets. Not their neighbours. Certainly not their enemies. And if God is in some sense behind all this, surely the answer cannot be God.
Or could it?
Their only hope--and ours--is in a God whose nature is not only holy and just, but also merciful and gracious. And one who is willing to condescend to take the evil of this world upon himself.
Indeed, this God is the One who died for his enemies so that they would not be utterly God-forsaken.