Jeremiah 2:13 – For my people have done two evil things: They have forsaken me–the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all! (NLT)
When you read about the exchange the people of God made when they chose to abandon God and turn to worshipping false gods, it almost seems too foolish to believe. In this verse, God compares this decision with abandoning a fresh fountain of pure living water in exchange for broken cisterns that won’t even hold water.
A cistern is basically a hole in the ground that is normally carved in stone to hold rain water. However, if the cistern is broken, it simply allows this impure rain water to seep out and be lost. In reality, it is useless. God compares this “broken cistern” to Israel’s vain pursuit of false gods. They have absolutely nothing to provide because they are formed by human hands and minds. They are worthless idols that will never satisfy the longings of their souls. Continue reading