After yesterday’s so positive start, Jeremiah turns much more somber today. The prophets have a role of calling the people of Israel back into relationship with the Lord God, which usually means repentance and admitting things have gone awry. Today’s readings are no different, really showing the contrast between Isaiah’s very strong positive message and Jeremiah’s more serious tone:
Be amazed at this, O heavens,
and shudder with sheer horror, says the LORD.
Two evils have my people done:
they have forsaken me, the source of living waters;
They have dug themselves cisterns,
broken cisterns, that hold no water.
The imagery of empty cisterns will be recurring throughout this book. Jeremiah’s basic point is that to be with the Lord is to have fresh and plentiful water, yet the people have built empty and cracked cisterns by relying on their own strength or on false gods.
Do we rely sole on God’s rich and living water in our world?