Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Have you ever been mocked because you love the Lord and hold fast His word?

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Have ever read in the Bible about Jeremiah the prophet? Did you know that he experienced
deep depression and one day cursed the day that he was born? His description of his emotions are very helpful.  He knew what is was like to be in a war zone and being considered a traitor. He was the object of persecution and was put in jail a number of times.  As many who have been depressed, he was sensitive to being derided and mocked.  You should read his books, Jeremiah and Lamentations.  Here is a quote that gives a good description of him and his writings that are found in God's word, the Bible.

Jeremiah was a man of Sorrow
One old sage summarizes Jeremiah’s ministry, “Jeremiah, distinguished as poet, prophet and patriot, acquired immortal distinction in the annals of the Hebrew nations as the Man of Sorrow.  In him was the unparalleled sufferings of Judea seemed concentrated and individualized.  His mournful dirge, sung in the minor key, (speaking of Lamentations, ed. …gave voice, with lavish variety imagery and felicity of phrase, to the overwhelming anguish of a distracted and ruined people. In this sublime elegy the poet-prophet, touches the deepest woe of the sufferer in all ages, and provides it with adequate expression.” 
(Barlow, Rev. George. The Preacher’s Complete Homiletic Commentary on the Lamentations of Jeremiah, (2001), Grand Rapids: Baker Books, p. 71).

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