Shall We Lament?

There are not very many good commentaries on Lamentations. This promises to be a good step in remedying that gap.

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3 Comments

  1. September 26, 2008 at 9:05 am

    That’s helpful to know. I preached a short series on Lamentations earlier this year and commentaries were somewhat sparse, especially ones that were attuned to the redemptive-historical connections between Deuteronomy, the Psalms, Lamentations, and Mark’s gospel.

  2. Benjamin P. Glaser said,

    September 26, 2008 at 9:10 am

    Amen Lane. Seems to me that Lamentations is the book evangelicalism forgot.

  3. E.C. Hock said,

    September 28, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Aside from commentaries, or perhaps in keeping with such a commentary such as this, the question, “Shall we lament?” might be applied to how we envision life and worship, including corporate worship. What if we occasionally has a worship service that focused on on-going mourning and lament for brokenness, corruption and crisis around us in the midst of the blessed hope? It seems lament has fallen out of style in how we want to view the world, nation and church, even ourselves. It is going the way of corporate confession and repentance in our orders of worship. Though we affirm the cross, and speak of denying ourselves to be be shaped by the cross, we together steadily refrain from serious mourning, in word, deed or song. Yet James exhorts us in our expressions to God not to laugh but to mourn. This is a lament to God, less we become giddy, or overly-heroic Christians, superficial in how we sense and feel and respond to suffering around us, in us, and in others, and not be awash in the sequence of one jolly chorus after another as if celebration is all the gospel and worship presents to us. How does a commentary on Lamentations help us to grow deeper in this area lest we be superficial in celebration? I would look for how ‘ash and sackcloth’ in a commentary is recalibrated in the new covenant. Mourning helps us understand Psalms and Ecclesiasties. Mourning reflects being crucified in Christ and having the lens of the cross ( as well as resurrection) as part of how we see the world and nation, church and self. How does one apply such a commentary to our resurrection hope? Shall we lament? I hope so if we are ever to be aware of our condition and failures, as well as rest, in the Lord.


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