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WEEK 1: “What is Your Name?”

8th Nov 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

Genesis 32:27: “The man asked him, ‘What is your name?’ ‘Jacob,’ he answered.”   In the Bible, names have always had a very specific and special usage. The book of Genesis (בְּרֵאשִׁית which literally means “in [the] head of” or “in [the] beginning of”) lists many names of people – names that portray peoples’ origins,…

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WEEK 9: And the People Prayed – Lamentations 5

31st Oct 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

In the course of bearing witness to Lady Zion’s plight, the reporter became her advocate and comforter (Lam 1 and 2). As a fellow sufferer and survivor, he testified that doubt and despair could be overcome through hope in the LORD who is faithful to all His promises (Lam 3). And despite their present reality…

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WEEK 8: Life Goes On, Justice Will Come – Lamentations 4

25th Oct 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

In Lamentations 4, we are returned to Jerusalem’s present reality. After the sermon of Lamentations 3, Lamentations 4 reinforces the truth that God takes the reality of pain and suffering seriously. Hardship and suffering do not come to an end with the emergence of hope; it is not an instant fix. Hope simply enables endurance….

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WEEK 7: Energising Faith and Sustaining Hope – Lamentations 3 (Part 2)

21st Oct 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

The valiant man (see Week 6) goes on to give the suffering Judean remnant some advice: be patient (not reactionary!) and wait for the LORD, who will not cast you off forever, for ‘though He causes grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His steadfast love; for He does not willingly afflict…

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WEEK 6: Energising Faith and Sustaining Hope – Lamentations 3

14th Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

In Lamentations 1, a reporter details Lady Zion’s plight. In Lamentations 2, he draws close and sees her pain. In Lamentations 3, a ‘man who has seen affliction’ (v. 1a) speaks to an assembly of Judah’s remnant. The ‘man’ (Hebrew geber = a strong or valiant man) may or may not be the reporter of…

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WEEK 5: I See You! – Lamentations 2

7th Oct 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

In this chapter, the reporter/narrator moves closer to Lady Zion; so close, in fact, that he can look into her eyes and see her trauma. His perspective has changed; now he is deeply moved. On a material level, the LORD did not ravage Jerusalem; the Babylonians did! So why does God take all the blame…

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WEEK 4: Devastated, and Without a Comforter – Lamentations 1

30th Sep 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

Lamentations 1 divides neatly into two halves: verses 1–11 and 12–22. In verses 1–11, the main voice is that of a reporter or narrator – traditionally believed to be the prophet Jeremiah. The reporter describes the horrific fate and humanitarian crisis that has befallen Jerusalem, which is personified as a woman (Lady Zion). In these…

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WEEK 3: Pain, Protest and Prayer (Part 2)

23rd Sep 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

An overview of the structure of Lamentations Lamentations is not the recording of an emotional outburst. Lamentations is a work of art that has been carefully and purposefully formulated, structured and gifted to us by God Himself. The first four poems are acrostic – that is, they follow an alphabetic pattern, with each verse starting…

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WEEK 2: Pain, Protest and Prayer (Part 1)

16th Sep 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

An introduction to Lamentations Her strength gone, her food reserves exhausted, Jerusalem fell to Babylonian forces in 586 BC. For the Judeans, years of servitude and terror had culminated in conquest, occupation, siege, famine, bloodshed and exile. Their king, Zedekiah, had fled with his army towards Arabia, only to be overtaken by Babylonian forces near…

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WEEK 1: Tell It Like It Is

9th Sep 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

When did you last read Lamentations? What did you gain from it? Does the book of Lamentations have anything to offer the 21st century Christian? Lamentations provides us with eyewitness accounts and personal testimonies of survivors struggling to endure and make sense of military invasion, occupation, siege, massacre, famine and violent persecution. While Lamentations presents…

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