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Summary: Part 7 in a series on Lamentations. Jeremiah reveals things that Isreal thought would not happen.

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It Could Happen to You

Lamentations 4:1-22

I. Introduction

A. Things That Could Never Happen

1. In the Sporting Realm

a) The sub four minute mile – Roger Banister (1954)

b) John L. Sullivan could not lose – Jim Corbett (1892)

c) UCLA basketball championship run (7 straight) – N.C. State in 1974

2. Transportation Realm

a) Titanic Could not Sink – Maiden Voyage 1912

b) Sound Barrier Not Broken – Chuck Yeager in 1947

c) Manned Space Travel – Yuri Gagarin 1961

3. Nations and Armies That Would Stand

a) Roman Empire – Late 5th Century

b) Spanish Armada – 1558 defeat at hand of British.

c) Napoleon Army – 1812 losses in Russia and 1815 Waterloo

B. A Feeling of Invincibility

1. The Attitude of God’s People

a) They were a special and chosen people – Deuteronomy 7:6

b) They were a victorious people – Joshua 21:43-44

c) They were a prosperous people – 1 Kings 10:23

d) They were a prideful people – Jeremiah 13:9

e) They were an invincible people – Lamentations 4:12

f) They were a mistaken people – Lamentation 1:3

2. It Could Happen to You

a) Take Heed Less You Fall – 1 Corinthians 10:12

b) No one is above temptation – Galatians 2:11

c) It happened to Judah

d) In Lamentations 4, the prophet tells what happened to his people

II. It Happened to Judah

A. Who It Happened To (1-11)

1. God’s Picked People (1-2)

a) Those that God called His own – Psalm 100:3

b) Those that benefited from His goodness – Psalm 33:5

c) Their value system changed their value – From gold (spiritually minded) to clay (carnally minded).

2. The Innocents (3-4)

a) Jeremiah highlights the innocent children that were affected – Matthew 19:14

b) They were mistreated even by their parents – See Job 39:14-17 for the ostrich analogy.

3. The Prosperous (5-6)

a) That had been abundantly blessed by God – Psalm 23:5

b) Had their every need provided for – Matthew 6:32-33

c) They lost it all like Sodom – Genesis 19:24-25

d) Yet their pain of loss was greater than Sodom’s because of the way it happened.

4. The Powerful (7-8)

a) They obtained a position in society.

b) They were civic and family leaders that were respected by their peers.

c) They appeared picture perfect at one time.

d) How the mighty had fallen – 2 Samuel 1:25-27

5. The Providers (9-11)

a) The analogy of mothers is used. They resorted to eating their children – As in Samaria (2 Kings 6:29)

b) Those that were entrusted to care for and protect, became predatory and harmful.

c) Those that were compassionate became consumed by God’s vindication.

B. Why It Happened (12-17)

1. Prideful Denial (12)

a) Israel thought of herself as indestructible.

b) They used God’s goodness as a license to sin – Romans 6:1-2, Galatians 5:13

c) They thought too highly of themselves – Romans 12:3

d) Their confidence was in the wrong things – Philippians 3:3ff

2. Polluted Priests and Prophets (13-16)

a) Prophets were to proclaim the word of God – Deuteronomy 18:18-22

b) Judah listened to false prophets, but rejected and persecuted God’s true prophets.

c) The priesthood made unlawful sacrifices – Jeremiah 32:35

d) They were now seen as outcast like lepers.


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