Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Tisha b’ Av-Israel recognizes her sin

-Israel recognizes her sin Lamentations 1:18-22 “The Lord is righteous, For I rebelled against His commandment. Hear now, all peoples, And behold my sorrow; My

Tisha b’ Av- The people cry for sympathy

The world goes from crisis to crisis; wherever you look there is pain, suffering and death.  Because Israel understands what it means to be in need, she is usually the first nation to help. 

Tisha b’ Av -Desolation of Jerusalem

The prophet mourns because Jerusalem has been devastated and has been left desolate.  Even the roads grieve. Many cities have been desecrated, but none bore the name of the Holy One of Israel, subsequently the depth of shame and pain.

Tisha b’Av- Israel refuses correction

The problem is not God’s because it’s not His fault.  He repeatedly sent warnings and opportunities for the people to change.  Israel’s heart was hard because the people had forgotten God.

Tisha b’ Av: God’s Challenge to Israel: Jeremiah 2:4-13

 Before he was born, Jeremiah was called by God to be a prophet.  Faithfully the prophet brought God’s warning to several of Judah’s kings, pleading with them to repent and turn away from worshipping idols.  But they did not listen. 

Tisha b’Av-Warning of diaspora and promise

Before Israel entered the land, God warned them what would happen if they forgot Him and worshiped other Gods. But Israel didn’t listen, not to God and not to the many prophets He sent to repeat His warning. 

The nations

Most of the time the writers of the Psalms use “the wicked” with “the nations.” God judges nations and judges individuals.