Lamentations 3:64-66

Lamentations 3:64-66

64 Pay them back what they deserve, Lord, for what their hands have done.
65 Put a veil over their hearts, and may your curse be on them!
66 Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the Lord.

Almost got to this yesterday, but ran out of space and wanted to address verse sixty-five in its own right.
So yesterday we said “They imprisoned Jeremiah, sought to silence him as they hated what he had to say, his statements on the need to follow God, so eventually he said.

64 Return to them what is deserved, O Yahweh, according to the work of their hands.

Of course he did not end there as we can see in the above verses. This goes back to the following verse in Jeremiah 18

23 But you, Lord, know all their plots to kill me. Do not forgive their crimes or blot out their sins from your sight.
Let them be overthrown before you; deal with them in the time of your anger.

He may well have had in mind what David had written in Psalm 28 as the thoughts are nearly identical.

4 Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done
and bring back on them what they deserve.

Looking at verse sixty-five, there is the unusual Put a veil over their hearts and many simply say harden their hearts or put a covering over their hearts. However, if we want to understand the sense of this we look to 2 Corinthians 3

14 But their minds were made dull, for to this day the same veil remains when the old covenant is read. It has not been removed, because only in Christ is it taken away. 15 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 16 But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

The veil is there to keep them from seeing a truth they do not want to see. Just in case they might see the truth Jeremiah wants the veil to remain or even have God Put a veil over their hearts. And his anger continued as we see in verse sixty-six Pursue them in anger and destroy them from under the heavens of the Lord the last verse in the chapter. So what is Jeremiah up to in this verse? He wants them persecuted and destroyed – those who persecuted the people of God who did not follow false idols as they did. They followed idols of wood and silver and gold not the one true God

“Tell them this: ‘These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’” Jeremiah 10:11

They had forgotten the prayer of Moses which said

If only we knew the power of Your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is Your due. Psalm 90:11

It is too easy today in times of great wealth – in comparison to olden times – to simply ignore God and forget the power of His anger. We would do well to remember always

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools [morally deficient person] despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7