Lamentations 3:57 

Lamentations 3:57 

August 16, 2021 – Monday

Lamentations 3:57      NIV

57 You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”

Lamentations 3:57      TLV

57 You drew near on the day I called to You. You said, “Do not fear!”

Comment 

You may wonder why the two versions are provided when they are so close in what they say in this verse. The explanation is twofold, first the second You in the Tree of Life Version (TLV) has the “Y” in uppercase showing the writer is speaking to God and secondly the statement Do not fear ends with an exclamation mark adding emphasis to the statement Do not fear!

The verse as a whole comes from Isaiah 41:10 which is longer, but carries the same message with even more reasons not to fear, So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Powerful, but the Lamentations version is also powerful and very succinct in comparison.

While the book of Lamentations does not tell us who the author is, many (most) believe the author to be Jeremiah. The book is written full of great grief over the fall and destruction of Jerusalem due to the Jewish nation’s refusal to follow and obey God for over forty years. Israel was destroyed by King Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian empire about 600 BC. Lamentations was written four to ten years later for the Jews in exile, now living in Babylonia.

As the verse indicates though there is hope. If we look at the verse in context it almost seems to be out of the New Testament with the promise of redemption as had occurred in the past.

55 I called on your name, Lord, from the depths of the pit.
56 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.”
57 You came near
when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”

58 You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.  

The writer in verse 57 recalls how God came near in the past when He was called upon. It is his hope He will come near once again. This is faith under terrible and dire circumstances. God will come near, but it will be on His timeline and schedule, not that of those exiled or of the writer. Still, it was when the writer called upon Him that God came near and he is trusting, in faith, God will do so again. He will follow God’s instruction as well, Do not fear. He trusts and has faith because God has proven so trustworthy in the past. In fact, God redeemed his life (v58) in the past when he had fallen.

Jeremiah has seen God answer prayers time and time again and again, so now even in exile is the time to trust God will once again do what He has promised. Jerusalem was rebuilt as the books of the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah tell us.

There are so many verses in the Bible telling us not to fear if we will but put our trust, our faith, in God. It is as if we were in a class where the teacher or instructor every time they made a point that would be on the test, they would stomp one of their feet to make sure we would note the importance of what was being taught. The repetition in the Bible is its own ‘foot stomp’ and if we do truly trust God, we can follow His instruction Do not fear!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for being so clear in the Old Testament as well as in the New Testament that we need not fear if we will but call upon You and trust in You. Your love will see it all done in the time You choose, not the time of my choosing. Nonetheless, I trust Your timing more than mine. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ

Riley D. Driver – Pastor

Calvary Chapel of Dayton

in Beavercreek