Director of Missions
In the days of the Prophet Jeremiah, the nation of Israel had begun to break their covenant between them and God through idolatry and injustice. Jeremiah was not only a Prophet to Israel but he also was a Prophet to the Nations. As the Word of the Lord first came to Jeremiah he carried the message of warning and repentance first to the Nation of Israel. The Nation of Israel had clearly broken their covenant with God and violated the terms of the agreement in a number of ways. They had begun by worshipping Canaanite gods (idolatry) and building pagan shrines all over the land. Jeremiah calls out their idol worship as adultery toward God, since they have given their allegiance to other gods. The leaders of the nation had become corrupt and abandoned the covenant and the Torah. The people had become so bad that they would worship at the Israelite temple and then go and worship at the Canaanite alters where they offered child sacrifices. They had become just like the Nations that surrounded them, yet they were called to be a consecrated and set apart people for the One True God.
Jeremiah states in 2:13, “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns – broken cisterns that can hold no water.” These two evils of turning away from God, the fountain of living water, and metaphorically becoming wells that could hold no water, caused them to forsake the glory of the Most High. Jeremiah says in 2:11-12 “Has a Nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit.” Ultimately, God sends judgement on the unrepentant Nation of Israel and they are carried off as captivities into Babylon for seventy years.
The power of this Old Testament story should cause us to reflect on our own plight as the Church. We must constantly allow the Holy Spirt and the Word of God to search our hearts and our intents and motives to see if they are in keeping with God’s will. We too like the Nation of Israel can wonder off and fall into idol worship and pagan practices. Hear the words of warning in Colossians 3:5-6, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornications, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.”
When we cast off the sins that so easily beset us, we will walk in purity and holiness toward the Lord. Out of that should flow obedience and unadulterated worship of Almighty God. This type of worship is first and foremost a worship based in Thanksgiving to God for His great mercy and because we are not consumed by His wrath. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, says my soul, therefore I hope in Him!” (Lam. 3:22-24).
Let us examine ourselves in the light of His holiness, and draw close by the way of His blood, and give Him the blessing, honor, praise, and thanksgiving that is His alone.
Serving the King Together,