Jeremiah 2:1-37

  Key Verse: (Jer 2:13) My people have  committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns that cannot hold water.

  The book of Jeremiah is the second biggest volume among the books of prophets. It would be beneficial to study it along with 2 Kings 21-25 and 2 Chronicles 33-36.

  Being caught in between multiple geopolitical powerhouses is never fun; most of the times, deadly. In the time of Jeremiah, Israel, the northern kingdom had already fallen under Assyrian forces. The Chaldeans were on the rise, while Egypt was still a historical influential power.  Which side should the kingdom of Judah be? There’s dire situation spiritually in Judah as well, except Josiah, who was the last ‘good’ king, others were deemed evil in the eyes of the Lord.

  Jeremiah was summoned in the middle of these hot messes, from chapter one, we learned that he was called to be the prophet to use his words to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant. As for himself, like Bod noted yesterday, the Lord had made him a fortified city, an iron pillar, and a bronze wall to stand against – the whole land.

  In chapter two, Jeremiah continued to deliver the ‘unwelcome’ hard fact by rebuking his people of their disloyalty, from the forefathers, themselves, to their children and children’s children.

  Water has been a scarce essential resource now and then, especially in the Middle East area. Jeremiah used ‘water’ as a common analogy to describe the desperation of his people, and the problem that the mankind has been facing since the big fall.

  In Jeremiah 2:13: Two sins were committed – men walked away from the ever-flowing source of life and built a cracked container and thought they could hold whatever they deemed precious for good but it never lasted no matter how hard they try to fill it.

  In Jeremiah 2:18: People looked for ‘alternatives’ that the world provides to ‘replenish’ their buckets – for example, the Nile from Egypt, or the Euphrates from Assyria. All in vain and detestable by the Lord.

  Isn’t this make us recall the conversation between Jesus and the Samaritan woman by the ‘Jacob’ well (John 4)?

  (John 4:13) Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. “

  Attached is a picture taken while we hiked on one of the park trails along Trinity River. Some put an outdoor drinking fountain for the passerby and also left this same verse carved in marble. May we all be reminded the grace and mercy from the Lord and recognize that He is the source of life. May we all be encouraged and encouraged to tell others the good old story!   — Ivy Lin

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