“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 2:13).
The prophet Jeremiah here speaks as the voice of God as he describes the situation in which the Israelites find themselves. God is totally frustrated with His people because they have left Him and turned into a totally corrupt nation, including the sin of worshiping idols.
The metaphor of the cisterns here is used to represent the sin of idolatry. The gods to which the Israelites have turned have no power—they are like broken cisterns that can’t hold water. They are simply wood and stone; yet God’s people have chosen them over Him.
This indictment of the Israelites contains a strong message for every generation: God is the creator of mankind and expects His creation to be devoted to Him. We show our devotion by being faithful to Him and by placing Him first in our lives.