Eichah Two: Enemies

“The Lord has become like an enemy; He has destroyed Israel; He has destroyed all its palaces, laid in ruins its strongholds, and He increased the daughter in Judah, pain and wailing (Lamentations 2:5).” What interested me about this verse is that it emphasizes a relationship that changes over time. At one point God is a protector and parent figure, but now that relationship changes into one of enmity. I think when a relationship with someone (or something) shifts, and a relationship that someone could previously count on is now in a different category, it’s even worse than if you start out as enemies. The betrayal is twofold at that point, and hurts all the more.

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