Calling On Yahweh's EVERLASTING Name - 5

Subject:  Jeremiah calls on Yahweh’s Everlasting Name

Today we move on to the next servant of God who calls on God's Everlasting Name.

Lamentations 5:19

You, O Yahweh, abides forever; your throne from generation to generation.

Lamentation is written by the prophet Jeremiah in the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of Babylonians in 586 BC. The rebellious sins of Judah had brought a final end to Jerusalem. God's anger was exercised against His people and the city. God's people had been utterly rejected with the hope that they would wake up, like Jeremiah, to call upon Yahweh to turn His face to them in their repentance.

It is in face of degradation, humiliation and abandonment that Jeremiah calls on Yahweh's Everlasting Name with faith.  Can you feel the heartbeat of Jeremiah's faith?

Look at Jeremiah's abiding faith in God.  Even though he had seen the destruction of Jerusalem, witnessed the Israelites going off in exile to Babylon, preached to the faithless Israelites not heeding to his warning, realized the apparent failure of his preaching ministry in Jerusalem, Jeremiah continued to call on the Everlasting Name of Yahweh in faith. God was still reigning and He abides forever. There is hope in Everlasting Yahweh God even though the Israelites at that present moment was despised and cast down in a foreign land.

Many Israelites had already lost faith in Yahweh God and turned aside to worship the Babylonian gods in their exiles. They turned their eyes away from the eternal God to what they could see with their physical eyes for a quick temporary solution.

But Jeremiah had the confidence of faith in God in this enduring difficult circumstances. 

Most people would lose faith and hope in God because they could not mentally reconcile their suffering to their picture of God. They may consider God unjust or in the wrong for destroying Jerusalem, known as the city of God

But Jeremiah accepted the punishment of God's anger towards them and he understood why God had rejected Israel because of their sin.  There was still hope in the Everlasting God.  In calling upon Yahweh, Jeremiah longed to know how long God would forget Israel.  He begged God to turn back to Israel and restore her as of old.

Thus the book of Lamentations ended with these words of hope in Jeremiah's prayer:

Lamentations 5:19-22

You, O Yahweh, abides forever; Your throne is from generation to generation.
Wherefore do you forget us forever, And forsake us so long time?
Turn thou us to You, O Yahweh, and we shall be turned; Renew our days as of old.
But You have utterly rejected us; You are very wroth against us.

Our hope and faith is in our Everlasting Yahweh.  
O Yahweh, you abide forever.


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