Chosen People are Solitary People, just like the Children of Yisrael, Judah and ZION most precious of all to Creator YHWH Most High found in Lamentations Chapter 1
I wanted to write as I am studying Lamentations Chapter 1 the first verse reads:
How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become as a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
I am reading from the Mechon Mamre Hebrew Bible online Chapter 1 of Lamentations read, hear and study with me…interesting in the first verse the question or word ”HOW” appears…have you ever asked Creator YHWH GOD how? In this instance the Prophet who wrote Lamentations is asking Creator YHWH how doth the City sit in solitary that was full of people?
This can be likened to, how does my life as a Kingdom believer sit in solitary that was once full of people, how is your blessed and chosen City once great among nations and prince’s among the provinces become tributary? The Prophet Jeremiah Authour of Lamentations is lamenting, expressing grief, mourning the shock, disbelief and surprise of such a revelation, act or result.
The Prophet Jeremiah is literally in shock or disbelief how the Holy City of Creator YHWH with its Kingdom believers could ever be destroyed and solitary. This often also reflects the life of Christian Kingdom people how can they pray, keep Shabbat, Sabbath or the Ten Commandments with little or no evil, hatred or carnal world, yet go through many are the afflictions of the righteous while the evil, wicked and lovers of world laugh, dance and smile? In Lamentations Chapter 2 the Prophet Jeremiah takes it deeper:
She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks; she hath none to comfort her among all her lovers; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.
Have you ever been treated ‘treacherously‘ by your friends, lovers, Church and or family? They stare and look at your whirlwind, afflictions, pain, solitary and misery as a curse NOT the chosen or blessed afflicted [calling] of Creator YHWH. Most people never see your ‘weeping’ with tears on your cheeks at night. Just like the Prophet Jeremiah rejoice these are signs of HIS Holy City within. In Lamentations Chapter 3 it states:
Judah is gone into exile because of affliction and because of great servitude; she dwelleth among the nations, she findeth no rest; all her pursuers overtook her within the straits.
Have you ever wondered how you lost the battle even when you prayed all night and begged Creator YHWH to hear, speak, direct HIS will, claiming all the promises of His Holy Word within and around?
The Prophet Jeremiah describes his experience of the Holy City of Creator YHWH going into exile… because of affliction. In other words many are the afflictions of the RIGHTEOUS has become too many even for the Holy City of YHWH Most High.
The Prophet Jeremiah also states ‘she findeth no rest and her pursuers overtook her‘ how could this ever be with Creator YHWH Lord God on our side? In Chapter 1:4 he writes:
The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn assembly; all her gates are desolate, her priests sigh; her virgins are afflicted, and she herself is in bitterness.
For readers who do not know whom or what is ZION it is the most precious people and place still today of Creator YHWH Most High. This is why the Prophet Jeremiah is lamenting and truly struggling with how, whom, what and why of such solitary, afflictions and destruction. In verse 4 he writes:
Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies are at ease; for YHWH the LORD hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions; her young children are gone into captivity before the adversary.
Jeremiah seeks and brainstorms answers concluding is it our sins, transgressions and defilement? He then writes in verse 12:
Let it not come unto you, all ye that pass by! Behold, and see if there be any pain like unto my pain, which is done unto me, wherewith YHWH the LORD hath afflicted me in the day of His fierce anger.
Here the Prophet Jeremiah is announcing and declaring YOU DON’T EVER WANT TO FEEL OR EXPERIENCE PAIN OR AFFLICTION LIKE THIS.
Could YHWH be teaching even HIS most precious people and Kingdom believers: the more you suffer afflictions, persecutions and trials the more TREASURE you have stored in Heaven not of world?
Lately, I too have been questioning Creator YHWH how come reality TV strippers with rain of celebrity cash, ACLU is more concerned with Facebook Christian posts than the word nigger, nigga, black or white used to imprison people and fool them into racially thinking they are less or higher than another. Also now global fashion online or offline is little or no clothes, you can also buy hair, breasts, butt or other. You can also now refuse to name a child boy or girl and this is acceptable to the ACLU or most educational and political systems of world. Yet…Creator YHWH has not destroyed such sinful or evil forces, lifestyles or mindsets. Why?
Jeremiah laments further:
From on High hath YHWH sent fire into my bones, and it prevaileth against them; YHWH hath spread a net for my feet, YHWH hath turned me back; YHWH hath made me desolate and faint all the day. [:13]
To read the above Holy scripture of Jeremiah and to live and walk every word is an experience, chastening or affliction one will NEVER understand or comprehend. This is true even for the Prophet Jeremiah as he pens or writes the Book of Lamentations. He is absolutely dumbstruck and confused within and around how Creator YHWH could command or warrant such a victory to the enemy of His Holy City Zion and holy tribes of Judah, Jerusalem?
The yoke of my transgressions is impressed by His hand; they are knit together, they are come up upon my neck; He hath made my strength to fail; YHWH the Lord hath delivered me into their hands, against whom I am not able to stand. [: 14]
The Prophet Jeremiah is wisely concluding the YOKE of my transgressions is impressed by HIS hand…Jeremiah is declaring YHWH does whatever HE wills or wants as test, victory, reward or witness of good or evil. Indeed, sometimes YHWH will test or take your blessings or most treasured possession like Abraham and his only son to see if where your heart is does this match your spiritual mindset or treasure.
Religious and denominational sermons can rarely do justice to the pain, suffering, shame and confusion experienced and expressed by many of the prophets of the Holy Bible.
In most religions & denominations their sermons like to motivate and entertain for A DONATION OR TAPE rather than teach or preach you will become a LIVING TESTIMONY unto Creator YHWH and this means every Book of the Bible you could or will walk some or all until you rest or sleep of His Spirit to spirit. This is the strait gate.
Over many decades I have [personally] learned unless you WALK what you read in the Holy Bible you will never truly understand what you read. Also one cannot walk the Bible unless YHWH chooses you to walk the valley of the shadow of death, fiery furnace, Red Sea, Lions Den, Whirlwind of JOB or His Voice of Eli and Samuel.
Now I have also come to the firm conclusion Creator YHWH does not think how we think and HE has already planned everything as Alpha & Omega from beginning to end. Including all of our lives for good or evil. So if you are rich or have ever received a MILLION or BILLION what you do as the rich man or woman of the Bible, to sell all and give to the poor then follow YHWH, determines your true worth in the eyes of Creator YHWH. No-one from Heaven to Earth can escape or ignore Creator YHWH and His Holy Word even the Prophet Jeremiah and His Holy City ZION, Jerusalem, Judah or 12 tribes of Yisrael.
Back to Lamentations…
The Lord hath set at nought all my mighty men in the midst of me; He hath called a solemn assembly against me to crush my young men; the Lord hath trodden as in a winepress the virgin the daughter of Judah. [:15]
The Prophet Jeremiah has further concluded the Holy City of Creator YHWH has become trodden as a winepress. Sometimes YHWH will trod upon the wisest or most beloved of His Kingdom or believers like Joseph or JOB. And when YHWH chastens those whom he chooses or loves like Jeremiah and many other prophets of the Holy Bible one will conclude:
For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water; because the comforter is far from me, even he that should refresh my soul; my children are desolate, because the enemy hath prevailed. [:16]
When you face your Red Sea, Valley of the Shadow of Death, Fiery Furnace and Whirlwind of JOB tests and more, sometimes multiple times one will conclude:
Behold, YHWH O LORD, for I am in distress, mine inwards burn; my heart is turned within me, for I have grievously rebelled. Abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is the like of death. [:20]
When one has reached the LOWEST depths of living then comes eternal life and love to the rescue. YHWH then becomes risen, praised and glorified daily. You then increase as HE increases within and around. YHWH will only test the RIGHTEOUS to such depths or heights because HE knows no such vessel or person can ever survive such tests without obedience to HIS will, commands, faith and love within.
There will be times when death is easier than living. But, YHWH does not permit anyone who chooses evil or death even towards or upon self THOU SHALT NOT KILL is plain, simple and eternal.
Chosen people are solitary people because for anyone to become solitary like Jerusalem, Judah or ZION as a chosen people one has to be destroyed of world, sin, evil, hatred and self. Chosen people are solitary people because YHWH rules over all. Chosen people are solitary people because many are the afflictions of the righteous and most people do not hang with afflicted, persecuted or peculiar people of YHWH. Chosen people are solitary people because Creator YHWH is still a jealous Abba Father and HE wants His children obedient, loyal, devoted and unto himself.
Jeremiah discovered this truth when He wrote:
Her gates are sunk into the ground; YHWH hath destroyed and broken her bars; her king and her princes are among the nations, instruction is no more; yea, her prophets find no vision from YHWH LORD.- Chapter 2: 9
Here Jeremiah is lamenting and struggling with how the prophets had no instruction or vision of this destruction. There will be times when ‘sudden destruction’ will be the ultimate test of your Kingdom believer experience. If you are told you can plead, plan or prepare but with sudden destruction all one can do is bow or erupt within.
Mine eyes do fail with tears, mine inwards burn, my liver is poured upon the earth, for the breach of the daughter of my people; because the young children and the sucklings swoon in the broad places of the city. [Chapter 2:11]
I desire to get across how the Prophet Jeremiah is reeling and feeling within. He is near point of destruction. He cannot understand how Creator YHWH could do such a thing, just like you will think how could YHWH inflict or think I could EVER experience such a trial, test or affliction.
YHWH the LORD hath done that which He devised; He hath performed His word that He commanded in the days of old; He hath thrown down unsparingly; and He hath caused the enemy to rejoice over thee, He hath exalted the horn of thine adversaries. [2:17]
This appears to contradict other promises of the Bible such as I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you or the Lord is my Shepherd I shall NOT want. However, HE still chastens those HE loves and many are the afflictions of the righteous and His thoughts are not our thoughts which balances or eliminates all contradictions.
Jeremiah then writes Lamentations Chapter 3 beginning:
I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of His wrath. [:1]
He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. [:5]
Yea, when I cry and call for help, He shutteth out my prayer. [:8]
Jeremiah wisely writes and pours out his lamentations and pain of witnessing such a Holy City destruction. This is masterclass spiritual coaching, forewarning all Kingdom believers of what is now and or to come.
How can YHWH take my blessing from a MILLION to homelessness, driving around homeless shelters like the destruction of ZION, Jerusalem and Judah? How could I go from luxury to no carpet for years before rising over and above all of my enemies? This is what you like Jeremiah is writing, processing and wrestling with within. You feel like:
He hath enclosed my ways with hewn stone, He hath made my paths crooked. [3:9]
He is unto me as a bear lying in wait, as a lion in secret places. [3:10]
He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces; He hath made me desolate. [3:11]
He hath bent His bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow. [3:12]
And my soul is removed far off from peace, I forgot prosperity. [3:17]
In this Year of Jubilee 2017 I am happy, at peace, rest and for the first time in 16 years I can say I am FREE within. Yet, do I understand everything that has happened of my whirlwind or destruction of pain lasting 16 years? NO. Yet, I still give THANKS for my treasures are stored in Heaven and I have lived like the Prophets Jeremiah, David, JOB to witness, write and share.
Indeed, chosen people are solitary people, yet I am now looking forward to His promise the end is better than the beginning.
In His Service,