Devotional Thoughts – Jeremiah 2

Adoration: The Covenant LORD delights when His people follow Him and are devoted to Him like a new bride is to her bridegroom.
The Covenant LORD is our glory. He is our God – the fountain of living waters who satisfies the longings of His people.

Confession:  It is evil and bitter for me to forsake the LORD my God.  What does forsaking the LORD look like? Simply forgetting Him “days without number” (v.32). To cease from following the Lord fully, wholeheartedly, and devotedly.

I will serve the LORD or the idols of my culture and my heart.  As Bob Dylan sang, you do have to serve somebody (Jeremiah 2:20). When I deny my sin (2:22-23) and try to clean myself up by dealing with surface issues rather than issues of the heart (22), despair fills my heart and I indulge myself even more in idolatry (v.25)

Thanksgiving: How does this passage point me to Christ – His person, work and teachings?
What is the living water? Jesus is the gift of God who supplies thirsty people with ultimate, complete, and continual satisfaction.
Isaiah 49:10:  He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.
The invitation of the prophets is now a reality:  Isaiah 55:1-2 — Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?

Jesus comes to spiritually thirsty people to lead them to experience His living water. In John 4:10, Jesus answers the Samaritan woman, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty forever. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
John 7:37 – On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. 38Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'” 39Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
Revelation 7:17 for the Lamb in the center of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life; and God shall wipe every tear from their eyes.”
Re 21:6 And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.
Re 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

On the cross Jesus experienced the ultimate thirst.  Right after he cries out Psalm 22:1:  My God, My God, why have you forsaken me.  He says:  “I thirst.”  As Jesus hung on the cross enduring God’s wrath and judgment on sin, he was meditating on Psalm 22.  Listen to verses 14 and 15:  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint.  My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.”
Jesus died of thirst so that we could have the living water.  He died in torment so that we could have the cool water of the favor of God. He was laid in the dust of death so that our spiritual thirst could be quenched.

Aspiration:
1.    Enable me by your grace and Spirit to come and drink at your spring. Like Jill did in The Silver Chair.
2.    My biggest and most frequent sin is making idols of good things in order to satisfy my idolatrous heart.  Lord, show me my cisterns that hold no water and give me grace to repent.
3.    Deliver me from the sin of not knowing You – Jeremiah 2:8 – “Those who handle the law did not know me; the shepherds transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal and went after things that do not profit.”
4.    Give me grace to pay close attention to Your commandments.  Isaiah 48:17-18 – Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go. 18If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.”
5.    Instill in me and my family the “fear of the LORD” (2:19).
6.    Realize that the stain of my iniquity before the LORD can only be removed by the precious blood of the unblemished Lamb of God (1 Peter 1:17-18).
7.    Give me grace to recall how loved and redeemed I am because of what you have done.  Jeremiah 2:20 – “For long ago I broke your yoke and tore off your bonds.”

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