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Lamentations 4: The Degradation of Zion

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How the gold has become dim! As the most valuable element at the time, gold was used as a symbol for the sons of Zion. In times of faithfulness, the Jews had flourished and shone like gold, but their transgressions turned them dark like something that was completly worthless.

Most of the inhabitants of Judah, who had been attractive, prosperous and healthy, were tragically massacred on the streets during the Babylonian invasion.

those who survived the attacks were captured. Weakened and beaten, they became prisoners in Babylon. And Jerusalem, which head gleamed as gold, was burned and destroyed at the hands of their enemies.

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Jeremiah 18: The Potter and the Clay

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The potter and the clay. To emphasize His Message, the Most High sent Jeremiah to the potter’s house.

There, he would clearly understand how God works.

The prophet would see how the potter cleaned the clay, for in its original state, this raw material can never be molded.

He would also observe the ideal measure of moisture to preserve the clay, as well as see the agility and strength of the potter’s hands when molding clay into the desired shape.

Another important detail was to understand the speed of the machine when the pedal was pressed. This would make the wheel spin while the clay was molded.

Lastly, the prophet would understand the importance of the potter’s patience while he dedicated himself entirely to his project. With this, God wanted to show that He has a perfect purpose for His children, but He can only fulfill it when they submit to Him

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Haggai 2: The People Are Defiled

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Who saw this Temple in its former glory? By comparing the first temple to the second, the Jews became discouraged, because it lacked the splendor and the riches of the first, built by Soloman (Ezra 3.12). God knew that, but by asking who had seen the glory of the first Temple, He wanted to hear the response of the people.

Unable to see with the eyes of faith, the Jews did not believe that the glory of God would come in a much greater way.

They did not understand that the Divine glory was not conditioned to the beauty or physical greatness of the Template, but to complaining, looking at the past , at what they were or what they did, waste the opportunity of seeing the greatness of the Most High in their life. In order not to lose focus or opportunities, we must focus on the direction He has given through His Word, without looking at anything or anyone.

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Haggai 1: The Command to Build God’s House

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In the time of Darius, the king of Persia, the Jews returned to Jerusalem form exile. But, in order for them to succeed in their land, they needed to re-establish their Covenant with God.

Therefore, restoring the Temple was crucial, for the rebuilding of the place also meant the restoration of the spiritual life of the people.

Through Haggai, the will of the Most High was announced to the leaders of the leader of the people: Zerubbabel, the governor, and Joshua, the high priest. The Jews were encourage to begin the work, but , because of spiritual weakness, they did not complete it and they began actin as if nothing were happening. Many Christians have acted similarly: the read the Word daily, but do not obey it. Inside th3e church, they appear to be servants, people who are committed to God, but outside, they giv4e no testimony. They say “amen” to the leaders, but “no” to the Divine Voice

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