Jeremiah’s Preaching to Israel
“Be appalled, O heavens, at this; be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the LORD, 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.” – Jeremiah 2: 13
When Jeremiah preaches to the house of Jacob, he is told by GOD to preach consistently and persistently in order for the people to understand that the repentance of sin was necessary for a greater path. Some of the people had grown tired of walking by faith. GOD was telling His believers that they needed to change into a life that had belief and removed the doubt that they had obtained.
We learn that people had grown tired after the years in the wilderness similar to the manner that the exile had caused individuals to forsake faith in GOD. They did not want to know about faith or understand the word of GOD. We learn that while this may be appealing to forsake faith and the Ten Commandments in the immediate, in the long run it leads to destruction.
Jeremiah attempts to prevent his people from going through what the people went through in the wilderness years. They are reminded that GOD had already provided for them land and resources and instead of being faithful, they turned to follow other beliefs that were not from GOD. We learn that the prophets and the remnant of believers still believes and continues following the faith and the Ten Commandments.
We are reminded that GOD provides for us abundantly for our necessities and spiritually. He is the Creator of the world and is able to provide. We see that through sin, the people were forgetting that GOD is the Creator and that they were choosing cisterns that could not provide. We later learn the meaning of these verses when the exile begins. Jeremiah is able to continue preaching even through the people’s choice which allows us to see an example of Jesus Christ in the grace and the knowledge being given for Israel to return to GOD.
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