Have They Not Suffered Enough?

Psalm 79 is a lament over Jerusalem having been conquered by Babylon. It is filled with verses such as:

  • 2: They have given the dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds … and beasts.
  • 3: They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them.
  • 5: How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?

This was written over two thousand years ago. But, after the 20th Century, it seems eerily familiar. The world will never forget the Holocaust, it is hoped.

Have they not suffered enough? Yes, I understand that their separation from God was caused by committing the unpardonable sin: declaring Jesus was demon-possessed. But, that was almost two thousand years ago. Have they not suffered enough?

Perhaps it is time we Christians should pray verse 8 on their behalf: “Do not remember the iniquities of our forefathers against us; let Your compassion come quickly to meet us, for we are brought very low.”

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