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As I read Lamentations this morning, I kept thinking about how God did and will fulfill His warnings and His promises. We are reading about past history here but we are also reading about future destruction to come. God gave his people warning after warning, sign after sign, and chance after chance to change their ways and turn to Him. As we search out the prophesies of the Last Days, we again find God giving us warning after warning, sign after sign and chance after chance to accept Christ before the final destruction of life and earth as we know it. It may be tomorrow or next year or a thousand years from now but it is coming just as sure as the fall of Judah came as prophesied. We don’t know when it will come but we do know that each day brings it closer. When the final destruction comes there will be no second chance. Just as God cleansed the earth from sin during the flood of Noah, and cleansed the nation of Judah during the fall of Jerusalem, God will again cleanse this earth through the final destruction of the earth and heavens as we know them and replace them with a new earth and heaven. The funeral song (lamentation) sung on that day will be the last funeral song ever sung. Where are we really in our relationship with Christ and what are we doing to minister to those we love?

God Bless!

“>>Do you believe that sin can become a “yoke” around your neck? Can sin sap your strength? Can sin hand you over to those you cannot withstand?>>

This is not the first reference in the Bible where “sin” and/or “sins” are seen as something that entraps and entangles because it has substance. I believe sin gives birth to its own rewards. It is not so much God punishing us for our sins but the consequences, the fruition of our acts catching up with us. In other books, sin is seen as producing cords that entangle us.

Some sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and in irons, [Luke 1:79.] Because they had rebelled against the words of God and spurned the counsel of the Most High. (Psalms 107:10-11 AMP)

And if they be bound in fetters, and be holden in cords of affliction; Then he showeth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded. (Job 36:8-9 KJV)

His own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins. (Proverbs 5:22 KJV)

Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope: (Isaiah 5:18 KJV)

Just as the Apostle Paul wrote about Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) there is also a fruit of sin; just as there is an outgrowth from righteousness, there is also consequences of sin, a by-product. If we can visualize sin having cords that bind us and those around us then those same cords can be woven to make a yoke to not only enslave us but also to confine us in a straitjacket.

Grace and peace,

The opening of Lamentations echoed in my mind as the words of a song, so I dug into the older CDs in my collection.

Adrian Snell has a beautiful haunting song entitled "Lament For Jerusalem (How Deserted Lies The City)" on an album from 1989 entitled "Song of an Exile". The lyrics are from Lamentations and Isaiah. The theme of songs, poems and scripture passages on the album relate to the holocaust.

See http://www.adrian-snell.com/pages/discog/discography5.htm
and http://www.adrian-snell.com/pages/discog/lyrics/exile.htm

For me, Adrian Snell captures and expresses some of the agony of the Jewish people in their experiences of exile and persecution through the centuries.

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