A Message to the Nation

A Message to the Nation

 

Jeremiah chapter 2

We have in this chapter a message from Jeremiah to the nation of Israel. However, it is not Jeremiah’s message. He did not write it, he did not develop the thoughts, it was not of his construction. We see in verse 1 where the message came from

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

A true prophet did not proclaim his own thoughts, he proclaimed the Word of the Lord. God gave him the words and he faithfully repeated them to the recipient. And in this case, the recipient was the entire nation. What was this message that God wanted the people to hear? What was it that He wanted Jeremiah to proclaim. It was nothing short of a warning to the nation of it’s potential destruction. Why? What would cause this? Didn’t God love Israel?

Certainly He did. In fact in God reminded them of this in verses 2 and 3

Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the Lord; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, saith the Lord.

God loved Israel and protected Israel. Evil would come upon any nation that trespassed against them. But what had changed? Has God changed His mind?

No!! The nation has changed. We could spend much time discussing everything that the nation was doing, but God boils it down to two things in verse 13

13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Two sins that they had committed. First, they forsook the Lord. They turned from the One who provided for them, who protected them. They had turned from the fountain of living waters. They had rejected the source of their supply, of their abundance. They had turned from Him and turned to what? That is the second thing God says. They have turned to something of their own creation. Instead of trusting in God, who can and does supply, they were saying “We can supply ourselves”. “They hewed them out cisterns”, the works of their own hands. But was is the result? Those cisterns were broken, they could hold no water. They might not have even seen it. They may not have looked broken to them, but God says, “When you trust your own devices, instead of Me, your works come to naught.”

I think we see in this passage a warning to America. We have turned, as a nation, away from God. We have removed Him from the schools, from public places, and tried to deny our history of God’s blessing. And we have turned to our own works, thinking that we can provide for ourselves. We believe that we can think our way, or engineer our way to prosperity. But the only true prosperity comes from trusting in God. The only true blessings come from the Lord.

If not for a remnant of people, people who pray, people who still believe that America can turn back to God, I believe we would already be gone. We see in the actions of people today what the result of turning from God is – anarchy and ruin. But I believe there is still hope. God told Israel that their own actions and the result of those actions would eventually convince them to return to God.

19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.

My hope and prayer is that as we see what is happening on the streets of our nation, as we see how divided we are, as we see what the results are, people will return to God. And our nation will return to God. We as a nation have brought this upon ourselves; only turning to God will return His blessing to us.