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October 25-31, 2021

 

Lamentation

 

it's fascinating how often the phrase "by lot"

comes up in the Bible

 

it was by lot that Jonah was chosen

so the sailors knew the storm came for him

 

it was by lot that Jesus' garment was won

the soldiers not wanting to tear it

 

it was by lot that the scape goat was selected

to carry Israel's sins off into the wilderness

 

it was by lot that the land of Canaan was divided

among the conquering tribes of Israel

 

but for some reason you said this last one different

left out the lot and added progressive allocation

and I've spent all day pondering over this problem:

 

if you can have the obviousness of Joshua wrong

can you have the subtleties of Lamentations right

 

it's fascinating to follow Zedekiah through the Bible

 

Zedekiah both respected and feared Jeremiah

imprisoned him at times, asked him God's word at others

 

Zedekiah fled Nebuchadnezzar with his sons and his army

only to be captured and sent off to Babylon

 

Zedekiah saw his sons put to death before his eyes

before Nebuchadnezzar blinded and put him in prison

 

Zedekiah was given God's blessing before any of this happened

was told he would die in peace and not by sword

 

but for some reason you said this last one different

you said God blessed Jeremiah instead of Zedekiah

and I've spent all day pondering over this problem:

 

if you can have the obviousness of Jeremiah wrong

can you have the subtleties of Lamentations right

 


 

After a discussion of the above with a respected pastor, I still believe that if one can miss things so obviously said then how will they not miss things less obviously said.

 


Lamentation

A poem by Peter Rhebergen
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