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Baruch and lamentations presentation

  1. 1. Baruch and Lamentations Prophetic Books for faith-filled people
  2. 2. Some background for Baruch 539 BC Jewish exiles were free (through the decree of Cyrus the Persian) to return to Jerusalem. Many returned from Babylon and Egypt, but others, having spent nearly 50 years in exile, were content to stay in the place of exile. Those remaining are called Diaspora Jews.
  3. 3. Diaspora Jews of Baruch’s time Settled primarily in Egypt and Mesopotamia (Fertile Crescent.)
  4. 4. Who was Baruch? A scribe of Jeremiah (Jer 36) Second century BC Likely not the only author of book attributed to him.
  5. 5. People of Baruch Among the exiles were priests, prophets, and scribes Faithful to Jerusalem, supporting the rebuilding of the Temple, they met in synagogues where they read and studied the law and the prophets. Diaspora Jews dealing with the problems of exiles: relations with Jews in Jerusalem, hope and resisting paganism.
  6. 6. Structure of the Book of Baruch Five compositions Prayer of Exiles  1:1- 3:8 Prayer of Wisdom in Moses’ Law  3:9-4:4 Jerusalem mourns and consoles her captive children  4:5-29 Captivity nears its end  4:30-5:9 Jeremiah on Idolatry  6:1-72
  7. 7. Prayer of Exiles Baruch reading scroll to Jeconiah, son of Jehoiakim on fifth year of the seventh day of the month – recalling fall of Jerusalem 7th day of 5th month. Confession of guilt Prayer for deliverance Recalling God’s promises
  8. 8. Praise of Wisdom Hear O Israel! Song from Easter Vigil… What is wisdom? Wisdom rests in God The Law contains God’s wisdom
  9. 9. Jerusalem mourns and consoles her captive children Prophet speaks and start and finish; Jerusalem speaks in the middle. Jerusalem speaks to those who are holding children captive, then to her children. Baruch speaks to the children of Israel: take courage! Look to the east…
  10. 10. A word from Jeremiah… Captivity is result of sin In land of captives, there will be idols Do not fear the gods of Babylon: there is no spirit within them
  11. 11. Some background for Lamentations Collection of five poems. Response to the destruction of the Temple in 587 Anonymously written – collective expression of grief and mourning. In Judaism, read once a year on the ninth of Av Tisha B’Av Used by Church during Holy Week and on Good Friday.
  12. 12. Structure of Lamentations First four poems are Hebrew alphabetic acrostics, showing skill and artistry. Collection of five poems. Desolation of Jerusalem The Lord’s Wrath and Zion’s ruin The Suffering Servant Misery under siege Community calls on God
  13. 13. Tenebrae (Shadows) Ancient ceremony using Lamentations Five candles are lit on a catafalque Extinguished one by one until last one is placed on catafalque, symbolizing Christ’s death
  14. 14. Desolation of Jerusalem Why is there suffering? Why does God seem so far from us?
  15. 15. God’s Wrath The Lord becomes the enemy The pain and suffering of the people is horrific
  16. 16. The Suffering Servant Prefigures suffering of Christ There is still hope in the Lord It is us who have turned from God; God remains our hope Give my enemies what they deserve!
  17. 17. Misery in the city Repeats horrors of life in exile Recalls sinfulness of prophets and priests Recalls hope in the Lord God
  18. 18. Community Lament All the sinful ones have died; hear us! Help us return to you, Lord. Why have you forgotten us?
  19. 19. Some observations Lamentations leaves the reader feeling assaulted. No relief, but there is hope! Shows the honestly of relationship between God and his people – there is nothing we cannot say to God Cathartic purpose Power of Prayer to change things
  20. 20. Anger directed at God.. c