That sinking feeling.

Lamentations 3

V 1–20: LAMENTATION THREE: PERSONAL GRIEF The fact that this central chapter is three times longer than the other four emphasises its vital message. Jeremiah relates the affliction, anguish, and desperate state that he is in. He feels as if he has been opposed by God, even though he has been trusting in Him. He has that ‘sinking feeling’ within his soul. V 21–36: LAMENTATION THREE: PROMISED GRACE In all of this, he fixes his mind on God’s mercies and compassions. He reminds himself of God’s daily faithfulness, and he hopes in Him. He knows that grace is both promised and available now for those who walk with God, even in the hard times. In the pit of despair, he looks to the Lord for that grace. He hopes in Him, and quietly waits for Him to act. V 37–66: LAMENTATION THREE: PETITIONING GOD Starting from the basis that God is just in His punishment of men, Jeremiah urges himself and others to search within and then turn back to God. He starts by confessing sin and acknowledging God’s righteousness. This requires true sorrow and seeking God continually. Jeremiah knows that God has drawn close to him and has redeemed him. He commits his enemies to God for Him to deal with them.

Mark 15

V 1–15: CONSPIRACY The elders, scribes and council conspire against Jesus and deliver Him to Pilate with one thing in mind: His death. Here is a man about to be condemned in a Roman court for a supposed offence against Jewish law! What a travesty of justice! Jesus confirms that He is the King of the Jews, but refuses to answer the charges placed against Him. Judge Pilate, knowing of the envy of the chief priests, proposes that Jesus should be the prisoner released in accordance with the annual amnesty custom. The chief priests manipulate the mob to put pressure on Pilate to release Barabbas and crucify Jesus. Pilate gives way and has Jesus scourged before crucifixion. V 16–20: CRUELTY The cowardly soldiers then cruelly and blasphemously abuse the innocent and spotless King.

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