The desolation of the city by the Chaldean army is described by Jeremiah in his Book of Lamentations with all the vividness of an eye-witness.
Six hundred years have passed, and now from the opposite, or eastern, side of the city a procession of rejoicing children with a lowly King winds up the slopes of the Mount of Olives. A sudden bend in the road brings the city of Jerusalem full upon the view. The sight of that proud city in the morning sunlight, with the marble pinnacles and gilded roofs of the Temple, brought such a mighty rush of compassion to the soul of our Saviour, that He wept aloud. ''If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things that belong unto thy peace!'' -- and there sorrow interrupted the sentence, and, when He found voice to continue, He could only add, ''but now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee... and they shall not leave one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.'' [Luke 19:41-44] [See Farrar's Life of Christ, vol. ii. p. 199.]
The weeping prophet was a type of the weeping Saviour. The one had foretold the destruction of the city by the Chaldeans, the other by the Romans.
|Without Christ -||With Christ -|
|Lam 1:3. No Rest.||Mat 11:28. I will give you rest.|
|Lam 1:6. No Pasture.||Psa 23:2. Green pastures.|
|Lam 1:9. No Comforter.||John 14:16. Another Comforter.|
[Even so, to those who repent and turn to Him, the Lord mercifully extends His salvation and the promise of future restoration. Lam 3:22-26; Acts 3:17-26]