Worship Day 10 Kingdom Eyes: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days...are a pretty big deal at GT!

We search God's Word together, ask questions as we read, dig around to find the original intentions at the time of writing, and then make some applications to our everyday lives.
Along the way, we hope you'll pick up some new tools to study Scripture and you'll see truth in a new and accessible way!
Dig In!

The Passage

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Lamentations 3:54-58 English Standard Version (ESV)

Water closed over my head;
I said, ‘I am lost.’
55 “I called on your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit;
56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not close
your ear to my cry for help!’
57 You came near when I called on you;
you said, ‘Do not fear!’
58 “You have taken up my cause, O Lord;
you have redeemed my life.

The Questions

1) What is the broader context of this passage?

What is meant by “I am lost”?

3) To what does the “pit” refer?

4) Why does the author ask God not to “close His ear”?

The Findings for Intention

1) What is the broader context of this passage?
Jeremiah is the prophet who wrote Lamentations after Jerusalem had been utterly destroyed by its enemies and the Jews carried away into exile to Babylon for the next 70 years. He wrote the book to literally “lament” the nation’s loss of land, power, prestige, and most importantly, protection and right relationship with God. A unique trait of the book is that it is written like a pneumonic device with each letter of the Hebrew alphabet repeated three times. This device usage points to the likelihood that Jeremiah wrote it so people would repeat, remember, and memorize it. They needed to be reminded of their sin that caused separation from God, resulting in a loss of everything.

2) What is meant by “I am lost”?
The water in this passage likely refers to the “waves” of enemy armies that quickly advanced and overtook Israel as a nation to conquer it, just like the undulating waves of the ocean. To be “lost” is literally to be drowning with no hope of escape. Jeremiah saw the exile, he feared the worst for his people, he saw destruction and ruin all around him, with no repentance on behalf of the Israelites.

3) To what does the “pit” refer?
Jeremiah is using a “pit” to describe “lowness” or incredible “depths” of distress. He was in gut-wrenching agony over Israel’s state of affairs, both spiritually and physically. Yet, he pairs his lowest possible mental, physical, and spiritual state with the hope of the Lord. Even now, he still has confidence that he has been given access to call upon God’s Name!

4) Why does the author ask God not to “close His ear”?
Jeremiah is counting on God hearing and interceding for him and the nation of Israel before God has even answered or moved. Jeremiah trusted God’s character even when his circumstance seemed hopeless. In the verses that follow, we can see Jeremiah’s confidence growing as He recalls previous times when God has been faithful.

The Everyday Application

1) What is the broader context of this passage?
Jeremiah was deeply broken for the sins of his people, the nation of Israel. Their sin had effectively cut off their relationship with God. This pained Jeremiah so deeply because He knew how rich and deep God’s love was for His people, His own inheritance. The Jewish people were never meant to live in exile, they were created for unity in relationship with their Creator, exactly like you and I. When was the last time you were heartbroken over sin? Not because you didn’t “measure up”, but simply because it broke your relationship with the Creator.

2) What is meant by “I am lost”?
Sin seeps in as a trickle into our lives, but if we aren’t watching, it will soon give way to a flood. Sin will always take us farther than we want to go and cost us more than we want to pay. Be careful of becoming accustomed to “small sins”. Instead, pray for a heart that longs for every inch of our lives to be taken captive by the lordship of Jesus Christ!

3) To what does the “pit” refer?
Whether it feels like you’re drowning in an ocean or buried alive in a dark pit, there is hope. Because of the hope offered through Jesus Christ, we have been given the great gift of calling on His Name. What situations are you walking through that seem utterly hopeless? Call on the Lord God!

4) Why does the author ask God not to “close His ear”?
God wants our heart focus and dependency cast entirely on Him because of Who He Is. By deceiving ourselves into believing that we are self-sufficient and can “manage” our lives apart from the Lord, we easily get pulled under those ocean waves and trapped into deep pits. God responds to hearts that want Him to be their everything! Take time to get to know God’s character better this weekend so that when those ocean waves come upon you, you’re ready to lean into God’s faithful heart of love!

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I Can Do That!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read through it (always more than a verse or two).
3) Write down your questions as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God in your everyday!

The Community!

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The Tools!

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources.  Just type in the verse you’re looking at and Boom! It’s right in front of you in English and Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament), which are the original languages the Bible was written in.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Find super awesome stuff like “origin”, “definition”, and even all the different ways that single word has been translated into English! If you want to be geeky, you can even click the word and hear its original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want to get more background on a word or phrasing or passage? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

The Why!

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus.
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