The exile left God’s people without a home or a temple and wondering if their God had abandoned his promises to them. The exile fulfilled centuries of prophetic warnings, as hundreds of years of tradition, culture, and history was destroyed in just one year.
The book of Lamentations provides a raw and honest reflection of what it felt like to live through the tragedy of exile and the destruction of Jerusalem.
After spending decades in a foreign land under foreign rule, the Israelites were allowed to return home under Persian rule. But despite their return, the people's hearts were just as hard. Will they ever be able to be faithful to the covenant?