As Lamentations opens, Jerusalem is personified as a widow who has had to endure the destruction of her family as well as the mocking scorn from the captors.
Amidst the devastation, the narrator has hope that God would rescue his humbled people. Though He punishes, God is still faithful and loyal to His people.
The Lamentations show poignant before-and-after vignettes of formerly happy times contrasted with the horror of the present as God punishes Judah.
Lamentations 3 and 4 show the stark contrast of a once proud people (secure in their wealth, technology, and cleverness) suffering bitter humiliation.
Famine is caused by sin, ignorance, foolish farming practices, and inadequate means of transit. The whole world will soon suffer intense spiritual famine.
Various famines in the last century were caused by the despicable cruelty, greed, and corruption of human beings, bringing about large scale death.
Human nature takes chances, assuming the day of reckoning will come later, not sooner. We cannot ignore truth or God's laws without paying a horrific price.
The people suffering under the Babylonians had basked in the privilege of being God's chosen people while also trashing the terms of the Covenant.
As the tragic story of the Donner Party's journey to California teaches, we must make wise use of the time we have left because it is inexorably running out.
In the West, both food and information are readily available. We need self-control and a dedication to truth in order to live a godly life.
Major reinterpretations have significantly distorted the meaning of Passover and Unleavened Bread, blurring the distinction between the two events.
Because restraints that once held human nature in check have been removed, the US has grown increasingly more corrupt, approaching conditions before the Flood.
Richard Ritenbaugh, reflecting on science fiction audio novels, the Lost Fleet, focuses upon a larger than life hero Captain Geary, who had been kept alive through cryogenics, while a war raged between the Alliance and the Syndicate Worlds, slaughtering massive numbers of troops on both sides. Captain Geary, because he has been …
Repentance involves incorporating God's values, alien to our human nature—ones that will unify us with God and with others who accept His value system.
In Christ's vine and branch analogy, Jesus presents Himself as the true or genuine Vine, as contrasted to the unfaithful vine (ancient Israel).