Lamentations: Third Kinah 12
“Therefore God caused it to happen so” The author of this Kinah includes this phrase to teach us that God brought about the destruction. This is saying more than we said earlier that God was an active participant in the actual destruction. The inclusion of this phrase, based on the verse in Melachim, is saying that at some point there was a loss of free choice and God brought about the events that led to the destruction. This means that the actual destruction began before the physical attack on Jerusalem and the Temple. It began with people’s loss of free choice.