The Lord’s charges against ancient Israel

Jeremiah Bible Background

10.19.2018 – Old Testament: Jer 2.9–13

To read the Bible in a year, read Jeremiah 1–2 on October 19, In the year of our Lord Christ 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Lord sent prophets to His people because they often got off track and He used the prophets to bring them back. Through Jeremiah, the Lord once said:

“Therefore I will yet bring charges against you,” says the LORD, “And against your children’s children I will bring charges. For pass beyond the coasts of Cyprus and see, send to Kedar and consider diligently, and see if there has been such a thing. Has a nation changed its gods, which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory for what does not profit. Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate,” says the LORD. “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water” (Jeremiah 2.9–13).

How many people today have done what Israel did back then? They turn from the Lord, exchanging Him for something else. Whatever exchange they have made, whatever exchange, they got the bad end of the deal because nothing comes close to the Glory of the Lord. Therefore to leave Him for something or someone else is a massively bad decision.


  • Have you ever walked away from the Lord?
  • If so, what made you come back?

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