“…Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols. Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror.” (Jeremiah 2:11, 12 NIV)
Interesting to be directed to this chapter by someone telling me verse 7 was an example of America defiling the land by pursuing the pipeline. Sorry to inform, this is a perfect example of taking a scripture verse out of context. Even when reading verse 13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. When God is saying- you have forsaken me, He made charges against Jerusalem:
- The priest did not ask, “Where is the Lord?”
- Those dealing with the law, did not know God.
- Leaders rebelled against God.
- The prophets prophesied by Baal, a false god.
- They followed worthless idols.
The Israelites had a long history of yo-yo faith. They were faithful, disobedient, faithful, and a pattern was set, until they both faced captivity. Even with Judah facing exile, Israel already in captivity…people today misunderstand, pulling scripture out to fit their debate. The cisterns- pertaining to dug wells are more like a metaphor. This is God saying, “I am the spring of living water that you have forsaken by going your own way(depending on your own ideology), which by the way…is broken.” In the NT- Jesus shared in John 12, He only spoke what was commanded from His Father, we see similar here by how Jesus told stories in parables using lots of similes and metaphors.
We do know any time we are in debt, we are a slave to the lender. We also know God created the heavens and the earth, meaning every detail about both. Natural resources are part of the milk and honey of our blessed land. When God creates for our purpose, it’s beyond our imagination- as the plentiful supply of natural resources in our land. We know for sure, God does not want us in debt or be a slave to anyone. Through Christ we are free, free indeed!
Forsaken or Grounded?
Wednesdays are always a dig little deeper time spent in God’s Word. As weather patterns vary across our country, may all be kept safe, and prayers for all in harms way, dealing with loss from recent storms. Our God is not to be forsaken. In this time of reprieve, lets become grounded in God’s Word, strengthening our spiritual armor. We definitely need to be prepared.
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