The Story: The Kingdom’s Fall

H-Icon_Ch17_Wall“Remember, Lord, what has happened to us; look, and see our disgrace. 

Joy is gone from our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning. The crown has fallen from our head. Woe to us, for we have sinned! 

You, Lord, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation. Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us so long? Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return; renew our days as of old unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.” – Lamentations 5:1, 15-16, 19-21

This Week’s Scripture References:  2 Kings 21, 23-25; 2 Chronicles 33, 36 Jeremiah 1-2, 4-5, 13, 21; Lamentations 1-3, 5; Ezekiel 1-2, 6-7, 36-37

Lamentation
Hymn of heartbreak.
Weeping, wailing, crying, sobbing, moaning, grieving, mourning’
The passionate expression of  grief or sorrow.
The blues.
 

The Book of Lamentations witnesses the Hebrew people singing the blues.

Why do you sing the blues?

Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. Weeping over the destruction of Israel. Weeping because the people have been responsible for their own destruction.

Agonies of Life

Why do trials and tribulations come upon me?
Why is there such suffering all around?
Why does evil seem to prevail?
Has God forgotten about us?
Is God mad at me?
 

Sadness, anger, and wrath tells us that something we love is being threatened. The nation of Israel sings as if it is a lone persecuted voice.  But this song of lament is really a mournful duet.

God also sings the blues.

The Book of Lamentations reveals that something that God loves is being threatened. Not just obedience and righteousness, but relationship.  God is sad. God is angry.  The Book of Lamentations is a book of crying out against the things which threaten our relationship with God. God is angry about something we should be angry about too.

What is God’s desire for us?

How do we change our ways?

Lamentations is a book that deals with disgrace, but turns to God’s great faithfulness.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him…” – Lamentations 3:22-25

The Book of Lamentations closes with grace as Jeremiah moves from lamentation to consolation. As God’s people we are called to join in this call.

May our shared mourning turn into songs of rejoicing!

In this week’s Call to Worship, we pray that by grace we may put our believing into action. As such, we believe:
 
We believe that the way we treat one another is the fullest expression of how we live out our faith.
We find our approach to God in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ who is our model for living.
We stand in God’s grace and we live that grace in our attitudes and actions toward one another.
We understand the church as a community of people, who together make up the body of Christ as we strive to serve the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of others.
We are inclusive, as Christ was, and welcome all people seeking a closer relationship with God.
We believe that the questions are as important as the answers.
We strive to “love all, serve all, in Jesus’ name” as we proclaim our mystery of faith that:
Christ died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again!

To listen to this week’s sermon,  The Kingdom’s Fall, Sermon 3/3 in “No Outlet” The Story Mini-Series, click here! 

For Family Devotions related to this week’s message, click here!

For more information and additional resources for The Story at Faith UMC, click here!

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About faithumchurch

Spiritual Formation Director at Faith United Methodist Church in North Canton, Ohio
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