How lonely sits the city that was full of people!
She has become like a widow…
Lamentations 1: 1a
Since the last ‘post’ on this blog, I became a widow.
(In an online thesaurus, the only alternatives provided for widow were ‘dowager’, and ‘relict’.) According to ‘Dictionary.com‘ the origin of ‘relict’ is from…
1525–35; Medieval Latin relicta widow, noun use of feminine of Latin relictus, past participle of relinquere to relinquish.
The other widows/widowers I know would agree with me that we did not relinquish willingly. Our spouses were ‘torn away’.
She weeps bitterly in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks;
Lamentations 1: 2a
(For most who have suffered significant loss, they are either shocked with no tears, or full of tears ‘at the drop of a hat’. It is a very emotional experience either way.)
The city of Jerusalem is personified as a woman. Now she is a widow.
If you look back through the history, Israel and Judah were supposed to look to God for protection and sustenance.
Sustenance was easier… the people needed the rains – the early rains, and the latter rains, to grow their crops, refill their cisterns. Most of the rain fell in half the year, and had to be preserved for the dry season. (No turning on taps, for these people.)
The first rain of the rainy season—the “early rain”—usually came mid-October through early November. This rain softened the ground and facilitated the germination of seeds and the growth of crops. The latter rain came, before the harvest, from early March to April. This rain contributed to maturation of the crop. Therefore, rain was enormously important to Israelite life and was considered a gift from God (Deut. 11:14; Jer. 5:24; Matt. 5:45). The lack of rain was often seen as an expression of divine disfavor, a result of the sins and rebelliousness of the people (e.g., Jer. 3:3).
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(Ancient treaties often meant accepting other gods.)
She has none to comfort her among her lovers. All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; they have become her enemies.
Lamentations 1:2 b
Her allies had deserted her, she was conquered, as it says in verse 5 Her adversaries have become her masters…
Devastated, stunned, lonely with no comforter, Jerusalem is best described by the writer of Lamentations as a widow.
Experiences certainly change how we perceive God’ word.