Jeremiah 2:13 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.
This verse grips my heart as it addresses idolatry. The very thing we as Christians are so easily found to do and the one thing God hates the most. The pagan are guilty of but one sin – idolatry; the covenant-people (Christians) commit two – they abandon the true God; they serve idols. Abandon God, wait that may sound too harsh, but is it?
Let’s take a look at this verse a little closely. For my people have committed two evils,…. It is not that they hadn’t committed more sins, but these were two principal ones they were guilty of. They were the professing people of God who had committed these sins and may I say that many may have been unaware of their actions. Often as Christians we become so involved in our daily tasks that we begin to replacing our time with God with other things that seem more important.
they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters; Grace in Christ is compared to “water”, it being cooling and refreshing, cleansing and fructifying; and to living water, because it quickens dead sinners, revives drooping saints, supports and maintains spiritual life, and issues in eternal life. To forsake this fountain is the first of these evils; which is done when the people of God are remiss in the exercise of faith on Christ; grow cold in their affections to him, and neglect his word.
And hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water; This is the other evil. When Christians look to the things of the world for their rest and satisfaction and depend and follow the inventions and ordinances of men rather then those of God. Forsaking the worship of God and following after idols, which have no divinity in them, and can yield no help and relief, or give any comfort, or afford any supply in time of distress and need. It is foolish to leave a fountain for a cistern, and especially a broken one: in a fountain the water is living, and always running, and ever springing up; not so in a cistern, and in a broken cistern there is none at all.
Why do we seek fulfillment in unplugging from the source of constant fulfillment?