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Jeremiah – The Weeping Prophet

by on April 5, 2014

Oh that my head were waters,
and mine eyes a fountain of tears,
that I might weep day and night
for the slain of the daughter of my people!

Why did Jeremiah weep?
• He had a message the people did not want to hear
• He was opposed and mocked by the false prophets
• He lived a very difficult earthly life
• His people were disobedient and stubborn
• He was grieved for the sins of his people
• He was alone
• He was grieved about the political and Spiritual corruption
• His message was rejected
• There was hunger, thirst, cannibalism and death all around
• The king burned the Scripture scroll
• Jerusalem was about to fall
• The people were about to be taken captive
• God’s judgment was about to fall

Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water
for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,
Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
Lamentations 3:48-50

Some of his tears may have been tears of joy
• He saw the time when The Holy Spirit would indwell God’s people
• He saw the time when God’s kingdom would rule the earth
• He trusted in God’s Word
• He rejoiced in God’s blessing
• He looked for God’s restoration
• He anticipated coming righteousness
• He rejoiced in God’s faithfulness

It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed,
Because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:22-23

Why do prophets weep today?
• Prophets see more than other people can see
• Prophets know that judgment is coming
• Prophets share the heart of God for the people
• Prophets grieve for the sins of the people
• Prophets warn the people of God’s wrath
• Prophets speak a message that they know will be rejected
• Prophets know that they will be rejected and abused
• Prophets exhort the people to prepare for God’s coming Kingdom

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:24-26

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