Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Jeremiah 2:13 "My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me - the spring of living water - and they dug their own cisterns - cracked cisterns that hold no water."
Two questions on the two evils we have committed. Have we forsaken God? And, have we dug our own cisterns that are broken? If we are honest, the answer to both questions is, "Yes." Maybe we're not feeling it personally right this moment, but as a people, we are guilty. The follow-on thought, which is often expressed by my rabbi, Dan Juster, is that there is always room for repentance.
May I prove to you that we have forsaken God? After all, these are rather harsh words for anyone who has made Yeshua both savior and Lord. Sounds a little too much like an accusation. "You have forsaken God."
The proof is in the savior. If we had not forsaken God, we would not need a savior. If we say we have not sinned, well, that's a sin in itself. When we sin, we separate from God. He alone is the "spring of living water." You don't have to work to get the water from a spring of living water.
Then, we try to fix our own problem (instead of allowing God to work in us to heal us) and try to find our own solution. That never works. That's the meaning of "cracked cisterns that hold no water."
Again, all that is needed to come back into alignment with God's purposes is repentance. Joel 2:12-14a "Yet even now — it is a declaration of Adonai — turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, weeping and lamenting. Rend your heart, not your garments, and turn to Adonai, your God. For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abundant in mercy, and relenting about the calamity due. Who knows? He may turn and relent, and may leave a blessing behind Him."
Rabbi Michael Weiner,