We are in the Prophetic Stream reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
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Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis
Lord, the grief and the mourning that we suffer through is made bearable upon turning to You. Thank you for being very near to the broken hearted. Amen.
3 – Jeremiah has been given commentary on the state of Jerusalem-the-desolate, God’s sentiment that led to this horror. Here Jeremiah is focussing on himself. He is down and out and feeling very in the dark. He’s feeling trapped, weighed down, broken, desolate, pained, mocked, deprived, lost … and yet there are vv. 21-24ff. Jeremiah KNOWS that God is yet merciful, faithful, loving. His feelings mentioned are good to share. He must articulate this to let soul drain clear and let the goodness of the Lord pour in. Jeremiah has time to sit quietly with the Lord. There aren’t many options these days in a deserted city! We are reminded to receive the Lord’s discipline. In these days, everyone is living in turbulence. There is no “Easy Street”. Jeremiah fully realizes the fate that has overcome this place. Tears flow constantly. The few left are jeering and pestering Jeremiah and he wants God to give them their due for their cruelty to him – a prophet who has simply done his job of warning that this was coming if they did not turn.