Jeremiah 2 Commentary
Chapter 2 is a direct sermon. Israel has forsaken her God. She has committed two sins: forsaking her God; and secondly, replacing the worship of the one true God with countless counterfeits.
Jeremiah explains it to us clearly. You first forsake the Creator God. Then you create your own useless god. He begs us to ponder the rationale behind it all. The gods so created are useless; they cannot save Israel. They are empty cisterns.
An important part of wickedness – so critical that without it wickedness probably doesn’t exist at all – is ignorance; lack of knowledge or simply the absence of wisdom. A man’s relationship with the Creator God is compared to jewelry. Can a woman ever forget her jewelry? There is a value of the greatest importance that every thinking man won’t want to miss if only one sits down to think about it.
Ironically, Jeremiah doesn’t even want us to think about it. It should be natural! A woman’s jewelry is her very essence. It’s her next life. How does the saint treat her marriage with the LORD Jesus Christ?
“Males don’t have to tire themselves.” Israel has cheapened herself to this level!
Stop and ponder the facts. What wrong has God done to you? On the other hand, a life without God has brought all the troubles possible.
And there is a strong warning. You cannot clean yourself. You cannot define your own destiny. It is a point that the prophet repeats throughout this volume. We need God. We cannot save ourselves. And none cannot save other than the Creator God Himself. Ponder these facts.
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