By: Bruce Johnson
Pastor Ready Creek Baptist Church
How she sits alone, the city once crowded with people! She who was great among the nations has become like a widow. The princess among the provinces has been put to forced labor. She weeps aloud during the night, with tears on her cheeks. There is no one to offer her comfort, not one from all her lovers. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies. Judah has gone into exile following affliction and harsh slavery; she lives among the nations but finds no place to rest. All her pursuers have overtaken her in narrow places. The roads to Zion mourn, for no one comes to the appointed festivals. All her gates are deserted; her priests groan, her young women grieve, and she herself is bitter. Her adversaries have become her masters; her enemies are at ease, for the LORD has made her suffer because of her many transgressions. Her children have gone away as captives before the adversary. (Lamentations 1:1-5)
Following the book of Jeremiah is Lamentations in which Jeremiah tells the grieving story of Jerusalem’s demise. The LXX have the following words as an introduction: “And it came to pass after Israel had been carried captive, and Jerusalem was become desolate, that Jeremiah sat weeping, and lamented with this lamentation over Jerusalem.” (LXX is the abbreviation for Septuagint which an Old Testament manuscript written in Greek.) Jeremiah had warned Jerusalem from God of the coming destruction even when the people had refused to listen. Yet he didn’t gloat over being right but wept bitterly when it happened even as Jesus wept over that same city’s destruction due to Israel not receiving Him.
The reason that God lifted His ever protective hand and allowed the destruction of His beloved city is in the 5th verse above, the LORD has made her suffer because of her many transgressions. This coming Sunday we remember 9/11, the terrible events that happened on September 11, 2001 when the twin towers in New York and the Pentagon were attacked by hijacked aircraft manned by Muslim terrorists and thousands of people were murdered by followers of an evil god. Our heavenly Father allowed this to happen perhaps for the same reason that Jerusalem was allowed to be conquered, because of the sins of our nation.
Ann Graham Lotz, when asked where was God, she said that He was a gentleman and wouldn’t go where He wasn’t wanted as prayer in schools had been forbidden and in many other ways, He wasn’t desired. A friend of mine, a retired captain from the NY police department who was on duty on 9/11 and watched the towers collapse, said that God was there when the towers collapsed straight down instead of tipping because had the latter happened perhaps millions would have died instead of thousands.
But at the remembrance on Sunday, the mayor of NY is not allowing any prayer or clergy or first responders, unless he changes because of a massive appeal, to be presented him on Thursday. There are still many attempts by many of our nation’s leaders to keep our heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ out of public life. This is especially true as they are bowing to evil Islam who has gained so much clout due to our leaders in high places. Since January there have been 77 disasters and FEMA hasn’t any money to help the suffering as the nation is broke. What more will happen with what is scheduled to happen even this month? Pray, prepare for disaster and be sure you are right with the Father. Let the latter be first, but be ready.