Jeremiah 2:13 - Source of Living Water or Broken Cistern?
My people have committed two very great sins.
They have forsaken me, the Spring of Living Water,
and have dug their own wells,
wells that crack and cannot hold water.
Jer 2:13 (CWB)
Why should we cling to the broken promises of unstable
"cisterns" (money, power, religious systems, or whatever transitory thing
we are putting in place of God) when God promises to constantly
refresh us with himself, the living water? [Life Application SB]
Grace in Christ is compared to water from a fountain, it being
cooling and refreshing, cleansing and making fruitful: to living water,
because it quickens dead sinners, revives drooping saints, supports and
maintains spiritual life, and issues in eternal life, and is ever-flowing.
To forsake this Fountain is the first evil; this is done when the
people of God neglect his word and ordinances. They hewed them out
broken cisterns, that could hold no water. Such are the world, and the
things in it; such are the inventions of men when followed and depended
on. Let us, with purpose of heart, cleave to the Lord only; whither
else shall we go? How prone are we to forego the consolations of the
Holy Spirit, for the worthless joys of the enthusiast and hypocrite!
"If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. He that
believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water." The condition of the people made this appeal
very forcible. They had been engaged in a continued scene of pomp and
festivity, their eyes had been dazzled with light and color, and their ears
regaled with the richest music; but there had been nothing in all this
round of ceremonies to meet the wants of the spirit, nothing to
satisfy the thirst of the soul for that which perishes not. Jesus
invited them to come and drink of the fountain of life, of that which
would be in them a well of water, springing up unto everlasting
Jesus knew the wants of the soul. Pomp, riches, and honor
cannot satisfy the heart. "If any man thirst, let him come unto Me."
The rich, the poor, the high, the low, are alike welcome. He
promises to relieve the burdened mind, to comfort the sorrowing, and to
give hope to the despondent. Many of those who heard Jesus were
mourners over disappointed hopes, many were nourishing a secret grief,
many were seeking to satisfy their restless longing with the things
of the world and the praise of men; but when all was gained, they
found that they had toiled only to reach a broken cistern, from which
they could not quench their thirst. Amid the glitter of the joyous
scene they stood, dissatisfied and sad. That sudden cry, "If any man
thirst," startled them from their sorrowful meditation, and as they
listened to the words that followed, their minds kindled with a new hope.
The Holy Spirit presented the symbol before them until they saw in
it the offer of the priceless gift of salvation.
The cry of Christ to the thirsty soul is still going forth, and
it appeals to us with even greater power than to those who heard it
in the temple on that last day of the feast. The fountain is open
for all. The weary and exhausted ones are offered the refreshing
draught of eternal life. Jesus is still crying, "If any man thirst, let
him come unto Me, and drink." "Let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely." "Whosoever
drinketh of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst; but the
water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water, springing
up into everlasting life." DA453,4