Sad Words From A Weeping Prophet

“for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jer 2:13)

Sadder words can not be spoken.  God’s heart is broken. Jeremiah brings this double sadness to the forefront.  Two terrible sins have pierced the heart of God.  God sees their rejection as one sin and their acceptance of the devil as another.

Think about the pain of rejection for a moment.  The God of Heaven has preserved His people over and over yet they quickly abandon His love.  We witness husbands and wives who abandon each other and their children far too often.  Perhaps we’ve even been on the hurting side of rejection.  That pain is indescribable. Listen to God’s tears in this quote from Micah:

“O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me!” (Mic 6:3)

He goes on in that passage reviewing all the ways He had blessed Israel.  In sorrow God want’s man to recognize their betrayal and take responsibility for their sinful treachery.

The second sin revealed here is the horrible choice of replacement.  Not only did they lose their source of life but they went out of the way to assure their own spiritual death. In the Jeremiah passage God’s people forsook Him the only source of life for idols, which could bring them nothing. The foolishness here cannot be measured.  How unwise can a man be to run from God to embrace dumb, lifeless, impotent man-made idols.

The summation of this whole problem is man’s selfishness.  A god made in our own image demands nothing from us.  Religion based on human appetite lifts no one above the baseness of one’s own lusts.

Did you ever have a drink from a cistern?  Grandpa Wardell had a cistern, he would catch rainwater from the roof and store it in this hand dug, wood-lined pit next to the house.  Grandma used cistern water to wash clothes, water the garden and such.  Grandpa didn’t even give cistern water to the cow or pigs.  Why? A cistern can easily become stagnate, spoiled by animals falling into the cistern.  The water was dead and often contained death.  God’s people could not even depend on their cistern for wash water, theirs  leaked and when they needed them the most they were dry.

Sad, commentary from God’s own mouth, “for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” You don’t want to hear God say that about you.  Instead…

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (Jas 4:8)

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